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Question: I trimmed my perry roses hard and I took them to about 18 inches off the ground I was concerned about all of the dead limbs and the size of my roses were smaller than I wanted. I also had many sucker branches coming off the root and many crossing branches off the main shoots. Was this a bad thing to do?

Answer: We usually recommend pruning rose bushes back in December so you're a little early in cutting yours back. But, the weather is beginning to cool down now so I don't think you've done too much damage. As long as the roots are well established, it should begin sending up new shoots. As they are emerging, remove any that are misplaced and allow the strongest, most upright branches to grow.

Best wishes with your garden!

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