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Old 09-04-2004, 12:07 AM
Michael Volow
 
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Default Shrub roses: how to prune? when?

We have 2-3 groups of shrub roses. (Not sure of the exact variety. Flowers
are usually about 3cm diameter). They look healthy but the branches have
gotten very full. How do I prune/thin out these bushes.

When should I do this. I have no experience with other roses.

Thanks in advance.

Mike Volow



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Old 20-04-2004, 09:09 PM
Lynne in NC
 
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Default Shrub roses: how to prune? when?

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We have 2-3 groups of shrub roses.... How do I prune/thin out these bushes.

When should I do this. I have no experience with other roses.


Not now. Wait until late fall or winter. Anytime before leaves are
developing (just buds are visible) is a fine time to prune.

BTW, with most shrub roses, you can encourage re-blooming by cutting
the plants back *lightly* (just enough to remove spent blooms) after
the first bloom.

Lynne in Orange County


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