top heavy rose bush

noeline flavin asked 12 years ago

My low growing rose bush is top heavy now with dead roses, should i dead head or prune severely now. Is there a way that i can stop this happening next year. It’s about 4 years old and was nice until this summer.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
You can dead-head by cutting the flowered shoots back to a good bud and there might be some more late flowers. Hard pruning will not help. Prune lightly in winter but there is a tendency for roses to get top-heavy as the plant gets older.

As a rather drastic measure, you could shorten some shoots before flowering to force them to flower later and reduce the top-heaviness in the meantime.