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Why are my roses budding with 4-6 buds to a stem

I have 6 rose bushes, and most of them are starting to bud with multiple buds to a stem ( I don't know the correct term for that). I did cut several roses lately. I usually try to cut them 1/4 inch above the last leaflet with 5 leaves, but don't always do so. What have I done to make them all start doing this? A couple of the bushes have done this before, but not all of them. (I can usually make a cutting that has one rose only, not one stem with 4-6 buds with very short stems coming off the main stem).

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Sounds like you bought a floribunda rose and you're used to hybrid teas. Floribundas or shrub roses have multiple blooms per stem; limiting the number of blooms can produce bigger flowers, but hey, let it do it's thing.
More blooms means longer bloom times...

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Roses blooming with multiple blooms

Well, I've been in this house for 3 years now. I have never seen them have this many blooms per stem before. I could often find a single stem rose to cut on most of my rose bushes, but now there are so many blooms per stem. I guess my pruning earlier this spring made them produce more blooms this year? They just haven't done this to this extent before.

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Pruning could be it or the shrub may just be getting more mature. What kind of rose is it?

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Re: Why are my roses budding with 4-6 buds to a stem

I have the same thing going on and it just started a month ago and its on stems reaching 6' and only on one of 3 plants. They were poorly maintained and i began to nurse them 3 months ago. As a result, im still cutting fresh blooms to put in vases in the house. Cant remember what type they are; 2 different plants pink and red, zone4. Im certain the soil isnt too great around the entire yard but the 6'x5' area of the plants are secure separate enclosed and with lots of extras to help maintain drainage, water retention full sunlight and supports. Have gone through periods where i kept them sheltered or covered. Adding different things and doing a variety of tactics to bring them back to life and flourish. I live in Minnesota and still today tending to them as they are holding on as it gets colder and less sun rays.

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Re: Why are my roses budding with 4-6 buds to a stem

Are the flowers same color and type that they are supposed to be? These could be blooming on a root stock sucker stem that got away from you. Examine — follow stem to where it is growing from — if growth starts from below the graft.
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