Polyanthas (The Fairy) wider than expected

Discussion in 'Rosa (roses)' started by lotsofroses, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. lotsofroses

    lotsofroses Member

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    Oregon, USA
    I hve three polyanthas (The Fairy) that are five years old and which were supposed to reach a width of 3 feet. They are relatively short and are spreading outward past four feet getting in the boundaries of my other bushes and eliminating walking space. This rose has lovely blooms all season but the bushes themselves, although covered with many little pink roses, look messy, because they are creating a crowd.
    Is there a way to lift the branches up with plant supports without making the bush look like all the branches have been shoved together? Alternatively, can I prune them to control the width? If so, how do I do that? Can I prune now or do I have to wait until next spring? Thanks.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2008
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    WA USA (Z8)
    Cut back individual branches after they have flowered once, not too far. Hard-prune all end of next winter.

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