roses - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
September 22, 2010

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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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