Can you please share tips on pruning AND transplanting?

3 Dec '07 7:31 pm
Which should we do first? We have inherited an overgrown rose bush that hasn't been tended to for at least 6 years, AND we have NO gardening experience. I know that it is still living, but I don't even know what would be considered killed wood or weak, let alone "crossing" wood! We are in a temperate area, mid-Delaware, so we're coming up on time to prune, but I don't know how far is safe to cut it back; I sure would like to handle this grand lady with well-deserved kid-glove treatment.

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18 Feb '08 2:13 am
First is it a climber, (the stems will be 6 to 10 ft long) if so you can cut back all dark coloured stems right to the ground the greener the stem the newer it is. Climbers bloom on last years growth. Dont be afraid to cut it back,the only harm you can do is to cut off this years blooms but you will get blooms next year for sure.

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18 Feb '08 3:26 pm
Bill's right! Roses are tough customers - how often do old roses in e.g. cemetaries survive neglect, and pollution, and so on. Once flowering roses will give you good blooming service if you trim them after flowering. So when you get to know the rose, you'll have a better idea of when to do what.

Pruning roses is annoying, and scratchy, but it's not as specialised as you think, and you really can't do too much damage! Good luck.
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20 Feb '08 1:05 am
Dear friend, I agreee with all the afformentioned of my gardening friends!But I will add certain details :

Prunning :

Well, you have to leave each branch/stem, with at least 5-6 "eyes", meaning the swollen tiny points of the stems , from which the new leaves will sprout.


You have to create a balance in cutting back the root system of your plant, before you transplant it. So, you have to cut back the longest of the root-stems and leave the shorter ones, paying great attention to the fine, tiny, hairy root-stems , that SHOULD remain unharmed!

Beforeyou transplant a Rose bush, you have to open a plant-hole 60cm large deep and large. On the bottom , you have to care for the good draining system, so you should add tiny terracota balls ,in about a 10cm thick layer. Then, you will add your plant in the middle of the hole, being sure , that the stem system starts on the ground level, the heart of the plant covered. You will then add below and around the root system your special Rose compost, taking GREAT care not to harm the finest of the root stems, especially the white ones. Push softly the compost around your plant. Add the rest of your Rose compost, until you fill the whole of the plant-hole. Push well , add some more compost, and water ...excessively!!!!! I repeat, the plant-heart should be covered/protected by the compost, on the ground level.

Good luck!!

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The afformentioned " Guest " here is...

20 Feb '08 1:08 am
....Liza from Belgium!!

Good luck from Liza!!!!
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