How to get a 'leggy' tree rose to bush out

gardenut(5)August 30, 2007

I have a tree rose of Hot Cocoa. It was a cleareance Roses that I got last year at 75% off becasue one of the 3 grafts had died. The other two are in great shape but they are long and leggy and the rose looks lop sided and just plain pitiful. I have tried to prune it but am afraid to be too aggressive because I am not sure how to prune a tree rose. I have had great luck rooting the cuttings that I get when I prune but the tree rose isn't looking much better. Any advice?

Thanks in advance for any help!


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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

I would say, you aren't pruning a tree rose, you are pruning a floribunda, and of course they can take severe pruning. Deadhead so that when all the stems are deadheaded, you have a relatively compact shape. Eventually it will fill in. It may be possible to train some stems over into the gap if you want to hurry that along.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 3:45PM
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