Pruning Roses

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Old 03-12-11, 02:26 PM
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Pruning Roses

Okay, I admit that I'm ashamed to call myself a rose garden. Between health problems, stress at work, lazyness, and a few other excuses thrown in, I never pruned my roses last fall at the end of the growing season. Now they're turning red and starting to grow again.

should I prune them now, let them grow, or just what should I do?
 
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Old 03-13-11, 04:08 PM
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From what I have always been told, you never prune roses in the fall. Instead you wait until the spring and prune off anything that is not new growth, or reduce the size of new growth as desired. (within reason)

Here's a DIY video on the subject.

How and When to Prune Roses | Videos | DoItYourself.com
 
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Old 03-18-11, 05:38 PM
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FYI--I was told by a botanic garden center that you actually shouldn't prune at the end of the year because the open cuts expose the branches to disease over the winter.
 
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