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I have a 15yr old Oklahoma with one old stem reaching for the sky, how do I prune it?

The old wood stem is about 3ft high with this years strong shoots coming from the top of it. If I saw it right back almost to the ground will it survive? There are a few very weak separate stems from the bottom which do not flower well, whereas the flowers on the old stem are wonderful. Am I silly to persevere with it, would it be better to buy a new one?

Submitted: 12:10PM, 13 Jul 2010
Answer: H Ann, hard to say without knowing if your Oklahoma is a climber or a bush type rose. If it isnt a climber I would reduce it by about 2/3 when pruning late this winter to encourage more new side shoots. If it is a climber let it go as it will produce flowering side shoots later. it may need to be secured against a wall, fence or support.
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