blackspot that has decimated two rose bushes

Byron Center, MI

Roses are my biggest joy in life. For the past two months I been too ill to care for them properly. Two of my lovely roses have been decimated by blackspot. There is not one leaf left. Should (could) I prune the canes down to start new growth again? Thanks!

Richmond, TX

You don't need to prune them for them to recover. They will grow new leaves and be good as new - maybe not until fall though. I do not spray any of my roses and many of mine go through the black spot uglies every summer. It does eventually weaken them to be leafless, but yours should be fine.

Byron Center, MI

Thanks once again Porkpal!

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