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Feb 20, 2017 8:40 AM CST
when is the best time to trim back your roses?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 20, 2017 10:22 AM CST
The answer depends upon where you live. If you live in a cold climate, prune in the spring after the roses start to bud out. If you live someplace warmer, prune in the winter before the roses bud out.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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Feb 20, 2017 11:13 AM CST
There is a very nice article on the subject here, written by one of our members who has many, many roses:
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Feb 20, 2017 11:45 AM CST
That is a great article. All rose growers should read (and reread) it!
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Feb 20, 2017 12:00 PM CST
porkpal said:That is a great article. All rose growers should read (and reread) it!

I am not going say it is wrong, but when I have spoken to rose professionals who live in warm zones about growing and handling roses in hard freeze zones they get the deer in the headlights looks on there faces, especially when asking about hybrid tea verses true bush roses.

I do almost all of my trimming in fall before covering and only trim in spring if a branch looks like it is not a benefit or turning brown.
The only bush roses I dealt with for years were wild roses mom dug out of a road side ditch some where and they were mostly trimmed to control spread, although about five years ago they got sick and have never really recovered though they are spreading again.

Now the cultured bush roses I planted about eight years ago, not pruning, except for dead and dying branches does seem to be a benefit as when I stopped thinning them in fall, they have really taken off but controlling black-spot has become much harder.

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