Pruning roses - Knowledgebase Question

Marblehead, Ma
Question by jodymagee
November 13, 2009
Which is the best time please? And, what method do you recommend. I have only about 4-6 stalks and a couple are pretty lean.

Thank you very much,
Jody Magee

Answer from NGA
November 13, 2009


While you can wait until the roses are dormant and prune them in late winter, the most often recommended pruning time is in the early spring, just as the buds begin to swell on the canes. If you wait until spring you will be able to tell which canes are alive and productive and which canes are old and need removing. When early spring arrives, you can choose 3-5 of the healthiest, most vigorous canes to save and then prune the rest of the canes out completely. Of the 3-5 canes you saved, prune them back to about knee high. Your rose will have a vase shape with the center open, which will encourage good air circulation and help your rose bush resist diseases. That's all there is to pruning roses. The new stems will grow from below the pruning cuts and you'll get lots of healthy growth and lots of flowers. Enjoy!

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