Prune Rose Bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Jerseyville, Il
Question by wockangus
March 30, 2010
I live in Zone 6 just above St. Louis Missouri. When do I prune my climbing Don Juan roses?

Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010


Climbing roses bloom on new stems that grow on old wood. Pruning them back in late winter or early spring will encourage new, flowering stems. If you don't prune, most of the new growth will be at the ends of the main canes instead of lateral stems that produce flowers. I'd prune them back now.

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