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Old 05-21-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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I hard pruned my rosebush in May after it bloomed. Did I ruin it? I don't know what type of rose it is. I know I shouldn't have done it but it looked horrible. Now I'm afraid I have killed it.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:02 PM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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I hard pruned my rosebush in May after it bloomed. Did I ruin it? I don't know what type of rose it is. I know I shouldn't have done it but it looked horrible. Now I'm afraid I have killed it.
It will be fine. Give it some food, keep it watered after the rain stops, and by July 4 you will be amazed you ever had this concern.

Good luck!
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Yes, feed it and keep it well-watered. As soon as you you begin seeing that reddish growth appear you'll know everything is good.
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:00 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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You did fine. I have to do mine but Mrs. NBP always gets upset when I do. I've already told her that's happening when they're done blooming this year and she's already grumping around.
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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My reading indicates that the best time for rose pruning here in Austin is right around Valentine's day, which make sit easy to remember since roses and Valentine's go together.

Like scm53 said, though, keep it watered when it stops raining and it'll be fine.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:44 AM
 
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Most roses can be pruned hard and come back just fine. You might want to check the cut areas to make sure you cut slightly above the bud lines. If you cut too high or too low, you will have some dead areas you will need to get rid of later on.

I cut back roses hard all the time and they come back just fine down to 1/3 of their size sometimes. Pruning after a bloom cycle is usually fine as it keeps the rose from getting leggy
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Old 05-23-2015, 03:49 AM
 
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Thank y'all so much! I feel a lot better now, dang I was so worried I had killed it! My boyfriend asked me if it would still bloom and I said, oh yes it will be fine (his late mother had planted it) and now I can relax! Thanks again! I love this site!
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:00 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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One thing about pruning almost anything, along with cutting right above the bud line (that's especially for roses) is to put a slight angle on the cut to help water drain off it.

With roses you can direct growth by pruning near an outward facing bud.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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We pruned our 6 year old Knock Outs down to 5 inches in January. Well DH did. I knew it wouldn't ruin it but it surely did look terrible all winter. Yesterday we had our first blooms.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:18 AM
 
Location: CO
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And if you think about it, every time you cut roses to bring into the house, you're pruning it!
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