cutting back roses

garciafaJuly 7, 2011

can you cut roses back in october i live in navasota,tx

i am taking vacation at the end of that month and i have some that havn't been pruned in years their about 5x5ft .

they are the knock out roses.

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melvalena

You can prune knock out roses anytime you want. :)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 1:09PM
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soxxxx

Would it be okay to prune a mutablis (butterfly) rose now?
The bush is about 4x4 feet. The leaves have become so sparse and the woody stems are so noticable. It has had plenty of water.

When I visited Fredericksberg recently, the ones that I saw there were so healthy. Is this a rose that maybe likes a more alkaline soil? My soil is East Texas acidic.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 3:47PM
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holleygarden Zone 8, East Texas

Soxxxx - My Mutabilis is a bit sparse right now, too. It think it's a bit too hot for it. (Nights in Fredricksburg are cooler.) I think it will bounce back when it cools off some. Not sure I'd prune a plant that's already a bit stressed.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 8:55PM
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denisew(z8 TX)

I prune my shrub roses back towards the end of July by 1/3 to promote a flush of blooms in the fall. This is what a well known rose aficionado told me to do. I have two Knockouts, one Mrs. B.R. Cant, one Carefree Beauty and one Square Dancer in my yard that will look fabulous in the fall after a heavy pruning like that. I use my hedge clippers and then clean up a bit with my small hand held pruner. Any of the EarthKind roses (Mutabilis, Knockout, Carefree Beauty, etc.) should be pruned lightly in mid-summer and heavily in mid-February (cut back by 1/2 - 2/3) to keep them from getting too large and promote a heavy flush of blooms and still have blooms the rest of the season.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 9:41PM
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zippity1

i wouldn't trim them back in oct, but i would trim them back now
i pruned an abraham darby about 10 days ago by well over a third of the bush it's putting out healthy new growth already, also i pruned a "la biche" last summer and it's looking great

the july august edition of Neil Sperry's gardens recommends you prune them 1/3 to 1/2 NOW-- if you wait til oct it might not take to winter well on that new growth also i did some pruning a couple of weeks on an sdlm (another old garden rose) and it's very happy
i do water them well and set up a drip irrigation system and keep it going til they get really good growth going
my drip irrigation is a huge plastic bucket with a tiny hole in the bottom i fill the bucket every day and set it close to the plant and i put a tiny bit of miracle grow in the water just a very tiny bit

my roses have never been happier not one bit of black spot or mildew this year but my water bill is huge

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 9:42PM
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garciafa

thanks to everyone, will be getting out there soon to start cutting back

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 12:22PM
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