Rosebush Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Roanoke, TX
Question by jrfraz
February 18, 1998
When is the best time to prune back my rose bushes. What do they need for the best flower production?


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Answer from NGA
February 18, 1998

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You can wait until March to prune back your rose bushes. If you prune too soon, you'll encourage new growth that will be susceptible to frosts. Roses bloom on new wood, so when you prune the canes, cut back to a bud facing in the direction you want the new growth to take. Try to keep the center of your rose bush open to sunlight and air circulation. New stems will grow at the point where you cut back the canes, and new blossoms will develop on the new stems.

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