Rose Care - Knowledgebase Question

Lewiston, ID
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Question by fdavidg
February 8, 2000
We live in zone 7 and our roses have not gone dormant (it's now Feb. 9th). How can we force them into dormancy? Do they have to go into dormancy?

Answer from NGA
February 8, 2000
Plants go into a resting state when prompted by cold weather. If your winter has been mild, the roses never got the message to stop growing and take a nap. Roses in mild winter regions such as the California coast never really stop growing all winter and they still manage to but on a spectacular display in the summertime. You'll do your roses a favor by leaving them alone until it's time to prune, then pruning the canes back as usual. They'll put on a growth spurt in spring and produce lovely blooms right on schedule.

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