The Q&A Archives: Pruning Roses For Winter Older Plants

Question: Please tell me the correct procedure to prune rose bushes for the winter these are older bushes.

Answer: The answer to your question depends on the type of roses you are growing rather than on their age. Hybrid tea roses are normally pruned quite severely in the spring to stimulate new growth and more blooms. Old fashioned shrub roses are pruned far less, primarily just enough to remove any damaged wood and possibly to open the bush for better air circulation. For more detailed information about pruning roses, including diagrams on how to make the cuts a picture is worth a thousand words!) you might want to take a look at a book or two about rose care. One I particularly like because it is very straightforward is "Roses for Dummies" by Lance Walheim, ISBN0-7645-5031-4.

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