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thorny rose bush

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by write2rellie on March 31, 2004 11:13 PM
Hi again all,
i'm not sure if this is the right place to post this Q, so hostesses, please move it as needed.

We've been in our house since Oct, and now the four rose bushes are starting to bloom. Fortunately I've a little experience with roses, and was able to cut them all back this winter. I don't think the previous owner had EVER cut them back, I had to use tree branch pruners on the two larger bushes.
Anyway, the red rose (don't know variety) has started putting out wonderful HUGE blooms that are extremely fragrant. [thumb] If you've ever had rose scented stationery, they are exactly that scent. My problem is that the stems are also covered in HUGE thorns, which makes it difficult to gather and display a boquet of roses in the house. [Razz]

[dunno] Is there a tool that florists use to dethorn roses? Where can I get one? Is there any other good/easy way to remove the thorns? [dunno]

What I've done so far is bring the flowers inside and use a pair of household scissors to remove the tips of the thorns on the stem that will be above the water line in the vase. I'm hoping there's an easier way to go about it. [dunno]

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by barbi on April 01, 2004 01:03 AM
found a couple of sites for thorn strippers..

personally I just break the thorns off with my fingers as I strip the leaves with a pair of good leather gloves..


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by write2rellie on April 01, 2004 01:20 AM
thanks! i did a search, but didn't know what to call them and found nothing. appreciate the help. [thumb]

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