How to Prune a Chicago Rose Plant

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Pruning your Chicago Rose plant is important for encouraging it to grow and stay healthy. Prune your plant without causing damage with help from a professional horticulturist in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb for askmrgreenthumb.com. How to trim a Chicago Rose, well, sometimes called Chicago Peace Rose, as well. Like most other roses, if you get long stems, you're going to want to take them back, and normally about one-third. Typically, with a rose, if we have like this one that's kind of hanging way out here, we're going to go back in and take it fairly far back in. I usually go almost a third to a half of the stem, and in order when it's getting out of bounds, you need to go ahead and make that clean cut and kind of remove any dead wood, any crossing branches, any of the branches that have too much, whether they've got black spot, powdery mildew, if you've got a real disease problem, it's probably best to trim it out. Normally, when we get ready to trim them, we're going to go ahead and take back a fairly good size cane and you want the overall height of the bush to go back about one-third in your major trim. The Chicago Rose, or Chicago Peace Rose as it's sometimes called, is one that a lot of people love because it has beautiful blooms, and usually it seems the more you trim them, the bigger and better blooms you get next Spring and Summer. Roses, of course, are beautiful to have, and proper trimming is important. Making sure you make a nice clean cut, have a good pair of anvil cutters and make sure that you probably spray them with a good fungicide after you get through, spray the entire plant with a good fungicide, like Dithane M-45, or other good general rose fungicide, because some of those disease problems seem to sprout out on the new growth when it pops out. When it's younger and tender, it's probably a bit more susceptible for that. Tips on, of course, how to grow your Chicago Rose. I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb.

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