> > I (sort of) finally found the time to prune my roses back for
> > spring growth. I found that 2 of them, the canes are partially
> > black. There would be a few inches of green, then black then
> > green then black agagin. Should I just prune down just below the
> > lowest black section? Normally I wouldn't give this a second
> > though (I'd just prune it) but in doing so this time, I would end
> > up pruning my currently 3-4' bush to 3-4" something. Should I
> > just go ahead. Thanks.
> You mean hybrid teas are supposed to be more than 4" tall after spring
> pruning? What a strange concept!! I assume you don't live in zone 5.
> Funny, they always seem to grow back.
> Kay Cangemi
> New York, USDA zone 5
Kay: I think that what Thomas Gray was refering was about pruning the
plants from 3-4' down to a few inches above the bud union. My
recommendation is that you should never cut into diseased or even dead
canes without sterilizing your cutting tools. If I find the blackened
canes that Thomas refered to I would go at least two inches below the
lowest blacken area and cut into healthy wood above a outward pointing
bud eye. If you need to go that low, so be it.
Thomas should also have told us where he has his rose Garden as very
often this makes a big difference as to how we answer a question.