Hello. I am a Newbie, Need Help With Rose Bush

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Hello Everyone:

I am new to the site and new to gardening in general. I have taken an interest in taking better care of all the cool things in my backyard. The previous owner was obviously a wonderful gardener. I have let almost everything be neglected.

I am starting the process of educating myself to better maintain the rose bushes in my backyard. I have a rose bush that blooms a beautiful reddish orange rose once or twice a year. My issue is...the rose bush is tall and narrow, like a bean stalk. It has a long thick trunk growing, which I hope you can see in the attached picture. The trunk is about as thick as a half dollar. The trunk (I'm calling it) climbs about 3 feet before you see any stem or branch growing from the trunk. And as you can see from the picture, rose are not sprouting until about 4 and 6 feet from the base of the bush. I would love to cut off and replant just the branch/stem that is creating the roses, and get rid of the thick trunk growing from the ground? Is this rose bush salvageable? If so, how would I go about pruning so that the roses are sprouting closer to the ground without a long trunk on the bush. Should I just saw off the bark toward the bottom and let it regrow or would that kill it? I hope I am making sense, and I hope the picture captures what I am trying to say.
 

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Welcome to the forum ramled99. :) I'm not sure what they are called in America but here in Britain your plant would be known as a standard rose. They are grown specifically as tall stemmed plants with branches and flowers at the top. If you cut it back it's unlikely to grow new branches or flower. Here is a link to show you how they should look.


When it's in it's dormant period over winter I'd be inclined to prune the branches back to where the lower flower is now. Cut the branches about half an inch above a leaf node and next Spring it will start to produce new branches from those nodes. Follow this routine every year and the crown of the plant will gradually fill out.
 
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If you do prune it back, you can try growing new plants from the cuttings as well. Those would grow as regular rose bushes, producing the same color blooms.

 
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If you do prune it back, you can try growing new plants from the cuttings as well. Those would grow as regular rose bushes, producing the same color blooms.

Thank you! I think I will try that. I will watch a how to video to make sure I do that properly.
 

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