Pruning 1 to 2 year old starts

agardenstateof_mindMarch 25, 2008

OK, the cuttings rooted and were potted up and now are one and two years old ... but now what? I assume they need pruning, but following the old adage of cutting off anything less than pencil diameter would leave me with nothing! How does one get from these little slips of things to those healthy, stocky, multi-caned plants?

I feel kind of silly asking, but see so many threads and articles on starting cuttings and care for mature plants ... however nothing about that awkward in-between stage.

Thanks for any advice!

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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

At some point, usually around the third year, the rose puts up a strong basal break. This looks like a real basal, and not like the twiggy juvenile growth. When it has maybe 3 or 4 of those, the twiggy growth can start to be removed.

If they are still in pots, I hope they are fairly large pots.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 9:34AM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Diane, leave them be. Just clip off anything dead. otherwise, wait for the more substantial growth that MG mentioned.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 10:19AM
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Thank you both for your advice! I'll leave them be until I see those basal breaks. A few are in good-sized pots, most are in the garden beds.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 10:22PM
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