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Q: Growing Roses ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Growing Roses
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: marlene75-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 23 Apr 2004 18:25 PDT
Expires: 23 May 2004 18:25 PDT
Question ID: 335233
Is it possible to prune tree roses so that they turn back into shrub
roses?  Can you cut them back so they will grow into "normal" roses,
or are they forever doomed to be "standards"?  If you can do this, how
do you do it?
Subject: Re: Growing Roses
Answered By: digsalot-ga on 23 Apr 2004 19:07 PDT
Well, yes it is possible to prune a tree rose so that it "might"
sprout from the bottom of the stem into a shrubby type rose.  The odds
are highly against it however.

Even if you did get the trunk to sprout, it would not be the same
variety as the blooming top.

You may even the root stock may sprout if you cut back the top and the
trunk. (rarely) and even if it did, the root stock is usually R.
multiflora.  A single small white rose that is almost as exciting as a
wild blackberry bush in bloom.

Tree roses are not bred but grafted.  The typical tree rose is made up
of three types of roses.  Root, 'trunk' and blooming top are each from
a different variety.

If you want a rose "bush" of the same variety as the blooming top of
your tree, I would strongly suggest you start new plants from top
cuttings rather than attempt any pruning to force a standard rose into
bush form.  I'm sorry, but it does not work.

Search - none really.  I'm a good gardener, an Ohio Certified Master
Gardener with certification from Ohio State University Department of
Agriculture.  But if you want additional information, I will send you
to a "growing roses" page where you can find information and rose
growing contacts nationwide and worldwide.

In the name of full disclosure, I must tell you the "Growing Roses"
page is mine. -

Happy Gardening

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 23 Apr 2004 19:10 PDT
Typo in third paragraph - opening sentence should read: "You may even
get the root stock to sprout..." instead of the mishmash you found
there :)

Subject: Re: Growing Roses
From: monkeyinthemiddle-ga on 18 Feb 2005 07:18 PST
I have had some beautiful roses from antique rose emporium. 
You can find their website at

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