Pruning Roses before Winter - Knowledgebase Question

Reno, Ne
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Question by dterrybarbar
October 15, 2010
I live at 6000 sf near Mount Rose, Reno, NV
When winterizing my roses I usually do not prune them back just keep them warm with mulching and then prune them in late Spring. However, some of my rose bushes are 8 to 10 feet tall this year due to a lot of rain. Should I prune them a bit now?

Answer from NGA
October 15, 2010
I like your usual routine - wait and do your pruning in the spring. If the canes are really long you can tie them together to keep them from whipping around in the wind this winter. Or, if you wait until after your first hard frost, the roses will go dormant and you can prune them back after they've gone into dormancy instead of waiting until spring to prune. Best wishes with your roses.

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