The Q&A Archives: cut back rose bushes

Question: When is the best time to cut back my rose bushes. I live in the lower half of zone 8.
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Answer: Roses should be pruned in spring (about March), just as new growth begins. If you're in an area that does not freeze and your rose bush remains green all year around, you may be getting new growth as early as January or February. The important thing is to remove last year's foliage before new growth begins to prevent diseases. During the summer months you can deadhead old, faded flowers by cutting the flowering stem back to a 5-leaflet leaf. This will promote new flowers and will help reduce the size of your rose bush throughout the summer season.

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