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19/07/2013 at 21:39

I have several peony rose bushes which have all flowered and now mostly lost their bloom. Is there any way I can dead head them  and would this produce more flowers during the rest of the summer?

19/07/2013 at 23:52

Not quite sure if I understand - do you have a name for the variety? Are they hybrid tea type or climbers?

20/07/2013 at 09:56

Not sure which variety they are, but they're certainly not climbers. After the flowers have fallen they leave behind clumps of 'furry looking' pods! Are these essential to the plant or should I cut them back?

20/07/2013 at 11:12

I'd cut them back to the first outward pointing leaf bud below what is left of the flowers. If that means that the rose will be too straggly or too tall next year you can cut to another outward pointing bud lower down.

21/07/2013 at 07:45

Do the pods look like these http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3546/3674713163_6fe16c2f08.jpg 

Do the leaves look like these http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs18/f/2007/177/d/0/Peony_Leaves_by_nenya.jpg 

Do the flowers look  like any of these https://www.google.com/search?q=peony+flower&rlz=1C1SVEE_enGB425GB425&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DoPrUYq1J6iW0AXL2oCIDg&ved=0CFQQsAQ&biw=1241&bih=584 

If so these are peonies, not roses.  If you don't want to propagate from seed, then cut the seedheads off and leave the plants alone - they hate being messed about with and flower best with benign neglect. 

However, peonies only flower once a year, but are glorious when they do 

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