The Q&A Archives: Rose Pruning

Question: I live in Arizona where the roses I took on with my new house seem to bloom almost year round. How often and when should the bushes be cut back?

Answer: I'm assuming you have hybrid teas. Major rose pruning is done in January here, to prepare for the peak boom period in April-May. Hybrid teas are cut back aggressively at that time. Another lighter pruning is done in mid-September to prepare for the second bloom period in fall. Since it's already mid-November, I'd wait until January to prune. "Desert Landscaping for Beginners," 0-9651987-3-1, Arizona Master Gardener Press, has an excellent chapter on roses care for the low desert.

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