How to prune a broken rose?

by Naama



our rose had broken 8 weeks ago as a result of a bad weather. can i prune him for recovery? if so, how and where exactly should i prune?
Naama

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Jan 05, 2017
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Dealing with broken rose shrub
by: Eyal

Dear Naama,
Thank you for sharing. I was both happy and sad to see your picture. Sad to see your broken rose bush, but happy to see it is still alive!! (you wrote that it broke 8 weeks ago)

Pruning the trunk below the break point isn't a good idea. Pruning under the grafting means certain death - the rose bush won't have a chance to grow or survive.

The thing is, the bushes 'blood' supply has been cut, so although I believe it will slowly die, I still suggest you leave it be. Nature has a funny way of dealing with disaster, you never know, it may still come back to life.

The one thing you may want to try (if you are insistent on helping it) is to very gently straighten the trunk and tie it to an iron rod or something similar for support. But, if you do, please do it carefully and don't force it. Your rose bush is still alive, so while trying to help and straighten it, you may cause more damage.

Just so we're straight - If it were my rose bush, I would leave it alone and wait patiently for nature to take its course.

Finally, there is no reason to prune even the green leaves and dried flowers for now. Your bush has already been traumatized and is having a hard time. No reason to add more stress.


I hope that helps, and I am sorry to hear about your rose bush, looks like it lived a great life :)

Best,

Eyal.

Jan 05, 2017
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Dealing with broken rose shrub
by: Eyal

Dear Naama,
Thank you for sharing. I was both happy and sad to see your picture. Sad to see your broken rose bush, but happy to see it is still alive!! (you wrote that it broke 8 weeks ago)

Pruning the trunk below the break point isn't a good idea. Pruning under the grafting means certain death - the rose bush won't have a chance to grow or survive.

The thing is, the bushes 'blood' supply has been cut, so although I believe it will slowly die, I still suggest you leave it be. Nature has a funny way of dealing with disaster, you never know, it may still come back to life.

The one thing you may want to try (if you are insistent on helping it) is to very gently straighten the trunk and tie it to an iron rod or something similar for support. But, if you do, please do it carefully and don't force it. Your rose bush is still alive, so while trying to help and straighten it, you may cause more damage.

Just so we're straight - If it were my rose bush, I would leave it alone and wait patiently for nature to take its course.

Finally, there is no reason to prune even the green leaves and dried flowers for now. Your bush has already been traumatized and is having a hard time. No reason to add more stress.


I hope that helps, and I am sorry to hear about your rose bush, looks like it lived a great life :)

Best,

Eyal.

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