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Rose Prunning

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DBLC, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. DBLC

    DBLC LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Posts: 130

    When should I prune roses? I now the "best" time is after the first frost, but I have a customer that needs them done NOW!! Will it kill the roses, or not let them bloom? Thanks!
  2. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    you can prune them now but I wouldn't go to crazy on them. Just tell the customer to water the bush daily for about 2 weeks.
  3. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    Why prune them now? Aren't they still blooming? Mine bloom all season then I cut them to the ground in November and cover them with 4-5" of mulch.
  4. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Posts: 1,647

    If you have to control them now, then take off 1/3. Then in the fall do your hard cutting
  5. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Roses will bloom well into winter, if the weather is favorable. Up here in Mich., we deadhead the floribundas, grandifloras, and hybrid teas until the middle of Sept. After that, NO pruning. It is preferred to let them set seed (hips) rather than to force them to keep growing by pruning. This is done to allow the plants to harden for the winter. After the ground just starts to freeze, the crowns should be buried in mulch, compost, soil, etc. At this time, a few long canes can be pruned back to keep from whipping in the winter winds. After the frost is out of the ground, remove soil,mulch, compost, etc., and prune back hard. If you live where the weather is more favorable in the winter, someone else will have to chime in.
  6. DBLC

    DBLC LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Posts: 130

  7. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Posts: 4,041

    Hi DBLC,

    Here is a great link to learn more about rose pruning.
  8. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    great link - gopher. Thanks!!!
  9. DBLC

    DBLC LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Posts: 130

    Gopher.......THAT WAS THE BEST LINK EVER!!!! THANKS!!!

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