Pruning a new tea rose bush - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by stevelisah
October 21, 2010
My wife received a tea rose plant from her funeral. We planted it & it seems to be doing fine. Living in Wisconsin, when or if do we prune it before putting on the rose cones. We really need it to survive the winter for obvious reasons.

Answer from NGA
October 21, 2010
Pruning encourages new growth so you'll want to keep your pruning to a minimum until the plant goes into dormacy after your first frost. Once it has experienced a frost it will go dormant and you can prune it back to fit under the rose cone. Best wishes with your rose.

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