roses - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by djbudzik
September 22, 2010
When do I prune my roses and how?

Answer from NGA
September 22, 2010
The best time for you to prune your roses is in February or March, before spring weather arrives. Hybrid teas should have only 3-5 good strong canes coming from the grafted area. Begin by selectively removing anything that is really thin and grows straight up. Suckers like these are non-blooming. The remaining canes should be some distance from one another and look like a vase; open in the center, with canes extending from a central point all around. Then cut the canes back to 12-18 inches of the graft. New wood will form on the canes, and new stems will produce new blossoms.

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