When should I cut the roses off my rose tree? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by chanomargiec
April 20, 2010
I just bought two rose tress from home depot in Brownsville Texas we have been geeting alot of rain so I have not planted them in the soil yet. But on had alot of roses fully blommed. The flower petals are falling. Do I cut what is left on the branch? Do I need to cut some of the stem?

Answer from NGA
April 20, 2010
Cutting off the dead flowers, along with a section of the stem will encourage new flower development. I cut mine back to a 5-leaflet leaf. This is where new flowering stems will emerge. Just follow the stem from the spent flower to the first 5-leaflet leaf and make your pruning cut there. Best wishes with your new roses!

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