Building on the advice on pruning roses late in the season(“risks of pruning roses after leafing”)
I’m so far behind in pruning roses, that they’re actually budding, at the top of the long stems. One is 7 feet tall. I was biding my time, and trying to grasp the basics(look for healthy stems, cut no more than 50%, open the center of the plant for circulation, avoiding being pricked(I found thorn-resistant gloves)…), while tackling the simpler, worse off bushes which required removing dead wood.
If I continue with my “learning curve” and conform to the principles of good pruning, should I just prune and place the budding stems in a vase to bloom, or discard them? It seems a shame, but next year, or maybe later in this summer, Mother Nature willing, the roses could look better and bloom.
The good news is the other plants are beginning to bloom.
There are probably 4 stems with a total of 25 buds.
I’ll attend to other rose bushes, unless my eagerness overtakes me and I make the executive decision to clip the stems. The stem is too tall, and winds could make a rougher cut where it isn’t needed.
Thank you for your support.
I’ve added a photo of the rose buds with the longer stem(s).
I think your question is what to do with the long branches with buds at the end that you are about to cut off as you continue to follow good pruning practices. If so, I would cut the pruned stems shorter and put them in a vase in the hope of having the buds open and a nice display of blooms.
Keep up the good work of following the basics of good pruning – your efforts should pay off.