Pruning Hybrid Tea Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Flat Top, WV
Question by WVShrews
April 9, 2001
When and how should I prune my hybrid tea rose?


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Answer from NGA
April 9, 2001

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Roses should be pruned while they're dormant, before the buds begin to swell. Here are the basics: In the spring, 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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