Fig. 31. How To Prune Weeping Roses

A, one year old head of Noisette Rose Aimée Yibert on the Brier stock: stem of stock; b, main growth from the bud, cut back at the first pruning to three buds; c, vigorous shoots produced as a result of the heading; d, points of shortening to secure bloom the following summer, and also vigorous growths for increasing the head. The dotted cross lines near the head of the stock indicate the points of pruning when it is desired to originate long shoots for flowering the following year. They should be bent down as indicated by the dotted drooping lines, only the unripe points being removed. After flowering on short growths their whole length, they should be cut hard back to young growths springing from their base. This long branch system is well suited to the vigorous growing varieties of Roses.

B, a two years old head (Ad a year older): e, shoots cut clean out, because there is not room for the proper display of their growths, flowering or otherwise, in the following summer; f, side shoots shortened; g, extremity growths of branches merely shortened to ripe wood; h, vigorous basal growths with their unripe points cut off.

C, a three years head on a 6-feet stem: i, branches cut clean out or shortened; j, leading growths shortened; k, side shoots on branches shortened; l, side shoots cut clean out; m, a two years old, long-flowered branch exit away to its base; n, long shoots from the base of the head retained the full length of their ripened wood.