Pruning Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Village, AR
Question by jimmyp8
March 4, 2000
When do I prune rose bushes?


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Answer from NGA
March 4, 2000

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Pruning roses can be confusing because different varieties require different treatments. It sounds like you have hybrid teas or grandifloras. In the spring, just as the new growth buds swell, remove the dead and damaged canes as far back as necessary. Then, remove any suckers that arise from below the graft union, if there is one (the swelling near the base of the plant). Next, select the healthiest canes (thicker and bright green) and cut off the rest. If your roses are just a couple of years old, save about 3-5 canes. Save more on older plants. Lastly, cut the flowering canes back by one-third to one-half. Make your cuts about 1/4" above an outward-facing bud.

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