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Background: I bought a rose stem with root, planted it, and it began growing. The growth produced a plant that had a thick stem (diameter of a magic marker) with leaves only on the top. Like a 3 foot long tree. I really want it to spread out, and be short and bushy.

Guidelines indicate I should cut off no more than 1/3. If I cut off 1/3, I will be cutting all foliage from the plant. Should I attempt this anyway in hopes new growth starts with a split at a lower point if I want to achieve a wide rose bush with many branches?

  • The correct time to prune a rose it in winter when it is dormant, and it won't have any foliage then in any case. The important thing is that you leave some buds on the stem which will grow into new branches next year. – alephzero Jul 15 at 16:50
  • Do you know the variety of rose? How long have you had it? With that kind of growth habit, it might be a climber and not a bush, but adding a photo to your question might help with a good answer – Bamboo Jul 15 at 17:23

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