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« on: March 18, 2009 03:20:35 PM »

So, my parents planted some rose bushes in my front yard about three years ago when I first moved in and then neglected to tell me I need to annually prune them.  Undecided I've just now developed an interest in gardening so it's never bothered me before, but now I'm just embarrassed over how shitty my poor roses look. Plus, they literally attack me when I sit on my porch.

Every online guide I've read has been for annual prunings, not OMFG MY ROSES HAVE GONE APESHIT AFTER THREE YEARS OF NEGLECT prunings, so I wanted to ask just a few things before I dug right in there and started hacking stuff away.

My biggest question right now is when. Can I go ahead and fix them or do I need to wait? I've read that both mid-summer after the first bloom and fall after several frosts are the best times. I know that after three years, another several months of letting them go nuts isn't going to make much difference but lord, they're almost creepy looking.

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2009 03:37:19 PM »

Ok, here's my advice, with a story.  I live in Oregon, and I used to live in Portland, the city of roses.

I have been growing roses for many years, far more than I want to think about.  they are my favorite flower to grow.

If you are in a warmer climate, look at them and make sure that the roses aren't already budding out.  If they are, just cut them back to where they are manageable for now.  If you are in a colder climate, then go ahead and cut them back now, right now before it gets any later in the year.  Cut them all the way back to about two feet high.  Don't be afraid that you are going to damage them.  Roses are very hardy plants, and it takes a lot to kill them.

Don't try to thin them out this year.  Just cut the stalks back until they are manageable.  If you want to move them, wait until winter.  Generally, you can move them as soon as the ground begins to thaw, if you are in a winter climate.

Good luck and I hope you have beautiful roses this year.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2009 04:26:08 PM »

Thank you so much! We've just started to get warmer weather and there are no buds yet, so I'll go ahead and trim them back.

Another question: I bought some clearance tulip bulbs last fall and, in typical gardening fail fashion, left them in the bag on my front porch all winter instead of, um, planting them. I just checked on them and to my surprise, they're sprouting. Unfortunately, there's tiny little bits of what looks like white mold on each one.

Can they be salvaged? It looks as tho the mold can be scrapped off. I suppose I could just plant them and see what happens, but I don't want the mold to spread to other plants if that can even happen.

I really should just start a rock garden. Apparently, you can't eff up rocks.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2009 05:22:33 PM »

What I know about bulb flowers is that they need a cold period in the ground to grow.  They should be planted in the fall and dug up again after they bloom and die back in the spring.

I don't know anything about the mold.  Hopefully somebody else on here will be able to help you with that part of it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2009 07:38:52 PM »

I went ahead and planted them. I figure if they're already sprouting outside of the ground, there's no reason why planting them now will cause them to stop growing. I'm hoping that keeping them outside over winter has the same effect as storing bulbs in the fridge to force them. Some were obviously not healthy and several were outright rotten, so I tossed them but the ones I planted for the most part looked pretty sturdy. I figure there's really nothing to lose by planting them...it's either that or throw them out.


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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2009 06:47:01 AM »

Good job.  I remembered why it is that you're supposed to dig them up.  It's because they need to dry out, probably so they won't mold.

Anyway, I'm glad that you planted them.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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