Pruning Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Kingsport, TN
Question by vfulkerson1
March 4, 2007
In late Fall I pruned our roses to about knee-high. I was thinking that someone told me to prune further down in March. Could you explain. Thanks

Answer from NGA
March 4, 2007


The reason for pruning your roses down to knee-high before winter sets in is to keep the canes from whipping about in the wind. In March you can prune them down to 8-10", cutting to an outside facing bud where you want new growth to begin. At this time, prune away some of the oldest (grayest) canes, leaving 3-5 of the sturdiest, healthiest looking canes. The object is to have a vase-like structure with the center open. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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