pruning bare root shrub roses
I planted a bare root shrub rose (in Central MN), and realized I forgot to prune it after it has been in the ground now for two weeks ... also when I planted it I thought that it was already trimmed back to 5 inches ...anyways, should I have pruned it and is it too late to do. The ends look like they have some kind of coating or sealing on the tips. No signs of any kind of new growth. Appears that it is rooting in the ground ok as the plant is secure in the ground.
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Soon after the rose sends out new roots, you'll see new growth on the canes. Don't worry that you didn't do any pruning; hopefully each stem has stored life and energy that the plant can use to establish itself in your garden. Remove only the dead branches and don't worry about doing any other pruning until next spring.

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