The Q&A Archives: Winter Care

Question: When should you cut roses back? They are still putting on new leaves but no buds. It is between 30 to 50 at night now. I have several rose bushes and I don't want to lose them. Please help.

Answer: Melanie,

In the south our roses often grow and bloom all winter in a mild winter. Cutting may encourage a new flush of growth which is more susceptible to freeze injury. Therefore it is best to wait until about February (Valentine's Day) to do rose pruning.

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