Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Westfield, PA
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Question by joaninwestfi
October 15, 1999
When should I cut my roses back?(Spring or fall) What can I use to produce blooms all summer? My roses are leggy and will not produce many flowers.

Answer from NGA
October 15, 1999
Roses are pruned differently depending on the type of rose you are growing. Some are pruned only lightly and some are pruned very hard so it is important to identify the type you have. Correct pruning can go a long way towards enhanced bloom.

Some roses will bloom off and on all season while others bloom only once in the spring. Again, this depends on the type of rose you are growing, but adequate water and fertility combined with a full sun location will maximize performance of all types of roses.

You might wish to look at a basic book on rose care. One I particularly like is "Roses for Dummies" by Lance Walheim. ISBN 0-7645-5031-4. In it you will find a straightforward discussion of the different types of roses, general care instructions, excellent pruning diagrams and other helpful information about feeding, mulching and spraying.

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