roses - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mord192
November 8, 2009
how far back should I cut my roses for the winter ?

Answer from NGA
November 8, 2009
Wait until your roses go into complete dormancy before pruning them. If you prune now and get a few warm days, they will try to grow. Once you're sure they are dormant you can prune them back - or you can wait until new growth begins in the spring and then prune them. Either way, prune everything down to about knee level then choose the healthiest looking 3-5 canes to save and remove all the rest. When you are finished you should have a vase shape. New stems and foliage will grow within a few weeks of warm spring weather and your roses will begin to flower a month or two later. Best wishes with your roses.

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