Winter Care - Knowledgebase Question

Brooks, GA
Question by mbroom4944
November 20, 2001
When should you cut roses back? They are still putting on new leaves but no buds. It is between 30 to 50 at night now. I have several rose bushes and I don't want to lose them. Please help.


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Answer from NGA
November 20, 2001

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Melanie,

In the south our roses often grow and bloom all winter in a mild winter. Cutting may encourage a new flush of growth which is more susceptible to freeze injury. Therefore it is best to wait until about February (Valentine's Day) to do rose pruning.

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