I know for a fact that hybrid tea such as this ought to be pruned hard. But I decided to let nature takes its course. After all, those roses left in the wild (mostly wild roses) never receive pruning but remain vigorous and flowering as ever. But of course, hybrid tea is a different class of roses altogether.
Pruning this tree was a dilemma because it has only one main cane. I fear pruning it heavily may result it unable to sustain itself during last few months of nasty weather. I was hoping it would grow more new bottom branches for extra foliage, before any hard pruning is done.
My decision was right. A week later, the tree gave new shoots at the lower part of the main cane. And in weeks followed, more new branches grew.
However, no basal breaks were produced which I was hoping a hard pruning to deliver.
|Heavy flowering on top on one cane wonder.|
|Finally, the moment much awaited for. 1 ft growth in less than a week!|