Pruning Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Redwood City, CA
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Question by NellisMA
January 20, 2000
My gardener pruned back my roses a little earlier than usual this year. The canes have already developed quite a bit of new growth on them. Should I reprune or leave them alone? We live in Northern California climate has been unusually warm.

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2000
I'd allow them to grow on their own schedule. If the winter weather has been (and remains) warm, you'll get a jump-start on spring and will be able to enjoy blooms early in the season. If there's a cold snap though, the new sprouts may be damaged and will have to be pruned off. A second pruning, if necessary, shouldn't hurt the plant.

So, cross your fingers, hope the weather remains warm, and enjoy those pretty roses!

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