How do you keep your rosebush from spreading?

United States
May 26, 2007 9:17am CST
I know it sounds like a strange question but everytime I've had a house that has already had a rosebush and that rosebush will have spread out and about past where I would want it to be. Now, I have just gotten the first rosebush for my new home and I know where I would like to put it but I want to make sure that it doesn't spread too much or too far from that spot. Does anyone have any ideas on how I might go about keeping that from happening? (I admit it, I am a rose novice). Sorry.
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• United States
26 May 07
The key to it is buying the right rosebush. I know, because I made the same mistake! I bought the roses that I have based upon their appearance and smell. While that's the right thing to do if you don't care how wild they grow, it's not the right thing to do if you're worries about spreading. Check your roses for their tag, and see if it says, "Climber", or "Trellis" rose. That means that no matter what you do, how many times you prune it, (even to the ground) the dang thing will find a way to get out of hand. There's a rosebush in my mother's yard that I've cut down to the ground several times, and it keeps coming back! I thought I'd injured it beyond repair! I cut at the roots, I pulled up the stems, I chopped at it with a weed whacker. Nope. It grew new stems, and is now invading my Mom's yew bushes and growing into the neighbor's yard, it's thin climbing stems stick out of the bush as if to say, "Nyah, nyah! You can't get me!" And i can't because now it's so far under the fence that it'll be impossible to dig it up. Get yourself ANYTHING but "climbers" and "trellis" roses, and you'll never have that problem. A regular rose bush can be pruned and will stay trained! Good luck with your garden! You must post a few pictures when you've got the rose planted! :)
• United States
26 May 07
Thanks so much! I just went and looked and mine doesn't say anything about "climbing" or "trellis." The stem even lloks different from the rosebushes I had at other houses. This one has one main stem with the new growth coming off that. The other roses I've had had many new shoots just coming straight out of the ground from here, there and everywhere. LOL I used to prune back the roses at my other houses and they ALWAYS came back, with a vengence. Usually worse than before I had pruned them. That was my main concern about this rosebush. Anyway, now that I have a better idea, I will plant the bush. As soon as I figure out how to do the whole picture thing I'll put some up. LOL (I am not very computer literate, LOL) Thanks!
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
27 May 07
I disagree. You can prune to control plants. You can also provide barriers so it will not send out suckers. Here is an example. For a spreading rose plant it in its original pot. So if you know what you are doing you can control it.
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
26 May 07
Prune it. I know some people who cut their roses to the ground every year. Pruning is the way to control plants. You might want to get a book on roses.
• United States
26 May 07
That's my next stop. LOL The used book store. Good thing I enjoy reading. I have practically every herb gardening book known to man but absolutely nothing about roses.
@sodapop (977)
• United States
27 May 07
We have something called a "Rose Shrub" which only grows about 6 feet tall, but it sure spreads out. We cut it down every year back to nothing, and every spring it comes back. I hope you don't have a Rose Shrub!