My new house came with a Rose bush in the yard, next to the fence on the south side. My neighbor on that side told me that the previous owner never really took the growth down each fall (as she recommended).
So, when she told me, that you should cut off everything in the fall, right down to within a foot of the ground, after most of the leaves drop off the plant, me, not knowing anything, followed her advise, for several years.
Well, anyone care to guess what I have now....?
An overgrown, out of control, mess of a bush that only produces about a dozen Roses once. (I have since put up a 6' fence on that side to limit neighborly intervention and this bush is over it!)
I have tried doing some research on-line only to find out that different bushes require different pruning at different times and also that the number of bloomings per year carries some weight in it's pruning method and schedule.
I have no idea what kind of bush it is besides the fact she said she saw it bloom only once a year. The Roses are a good size, about 2 1/2 - 3", red.
I would like to have this bush be it's best. My father loved Roses and if he was around now, he'd be here tending to it as if it was an infant every weekend.
So, where do I start and what do I do first?