Trimming Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Portage, IN
May 1, 2000
I did not trim my rose bushes back this past fall due to illness. They have not yet started to bloom, but are getting new leaves on them. Can I go a head and trim them right away or do I have to wait till the fall?

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2000
It's fairly early in the spring so go ahead and prune them as you normally would. New stems, foliage and flowers will develop just a few weeks later than usual, but your plants should be healthy and happy.

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