Roses 101: Easy tip about pruning

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tantefrancine
Feb 19, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Use sharp pruners. From what I have learned about how to prune roses, if possible at all, is to make the bush look the same way when you bought it from a reliable rose nursery. Short branches, only remaining branches are clean and healthy, no spindly small branches, no crossed branches. Unfortunately it does not work for climbing roses--- if your rose bushes look like that after pruning has been done, you will get nice big roses when they bloom.
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LizDTM
Feb 19, 2018 7:18 PM CST
We didn't have any freeze here this year. Should I prune my rose bush?
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
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tantefrancine
Feb 21, 2018 5:38 AM CST
I would do it now, if you are sure there will be no frost coming, because the frost will kill the newly tender growth. I am not an expert, and I am still learning. But here is a very good article.

https://www.thespruce.com/rose...










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fwmosher
Feb 21, 2018 12:23 PM CST
No, do not automatically "prune" a rose before your last frost. Just think for a moment, OK, you start to prune tips, get it nice and neat looking, and along comes a hard freeze, and suddenly your "pruned" tips are "frozen" again, but lower down this time. Wait it out. Unpruned roses can easily be addressed when one is certain of the coming weather. Just like Clematis, they may look bad, but wait until the weather has "settled"! Additionally, one usually does not prune "climbers" except for obvious dead cane tips/ crossed canes, etc. Most important, carefully train the rose canes of a "climber" in a horizontal mode. Invariably, that cane will make blooms on almost every node! Cheers.

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