Re: [gardeners] Shearing roses

George Shirley (
Thu, 11 Mar 1999 15:09:03 -0600

margaret lauterbach wrote:

> >Has anyone tried shearing hybrid teas, polyanthas or floribundas instead of
> >pruning above an outfacing bud? Apparently the British have been trying
> >this to good effect, taking a lot of the tedious work out of growing these
> >kinds of roses, if it doesn't produce a thick-growth interior.  Margaret
> >
> >

The Rosarian down the street just cuts all of his off about 8-10 inches above
ground level. Doesn't look like he's doing the classic pruning, just whacking
them off. He's been doing this for about 10 years that I know of and
consistently has big, beautiful blooms and healthy rose stock.