The Q&A Archives: Pruning Roses

Question: My gardener pruned back my roses a little earlier than usual this year. The canes have already developed quite a bit of new growth on them. Should I reprune or leave them alone? We live in Northern California climate has been unusually warm.

Answer: I'd allow them to grow on their own schedule. If the winter weather has been (and remains) warm, you'll get a jump-start on spring and will be able to enjoy blooms early in the season. If there's a cold snap though, the new sprouts may be damaged and will have to be pruned off. A second pruning, if necessary, shouldn't hurt the plant.

So, cross your fingers, hope the weather remains warm, and enjoy those pretty roses!

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