Roses, and I'm late! : - Knowledgebase Question

Knoxville, Te
Question by jason73
March 3, 2011
I did not get to cutting my roses back this winter and this is what I have not. I cut their height back, but I was planning on coming in and trimming all the smaller branches off before they opened up. What should I do now? Also, when should I start feeding them? Thanks

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011


You are a little late, but not too late in pruning your roses. The second picture shows some overly long growth on the left and the right sides of the main bush. I would prune both sides back so that you have a mound of foliage that's even all around the plant. You can then remove the growth that's smaller than a pencil in diameter. Your rose will respond with healthy new growth and lots of flowers. You can feed it now that it is actively growing.

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