> > I planted this rose shrub last fall, and I would like to know if it is ok
> > to prune it right now. I live in the state of NY and the weather has
> > been colder than usual this year. However, the all-that-jazz shrub has
> > already produced many buds and I'm concern that it is already too late to
> > prune it Can anybody help me ?
> > C.
> I don't know what zone you are but, generally Rose pruning should be
> done late winter or very early spring. Even if you still have cold,
> Roses are very hardy as long as they had some winterizing protection and
> should still stick to this schedule. If I am incorrect, I'm sure this
> person would appreciate some correct postings.
Since the shrub was just planted last fall, I doubt that it has much
growth on it, in which case pruning is not necessary, except to remove any
dead, injured or severely diseased parts, or to make the bush a pleasing
shape or size. If you do choose to prune it back some now, it will not hurt the
plant, but it will delay flowering by several weeks or more if you remove
the buds. Garden
"schedules" are usually better thought of as "guidelines"
and not "hard and fast rules". For a good general treatment of pruning methods
and times you might want to take a look at Ortho's _All About Roses_, which you
can find in nearly any bookstore or library.
BTW, another good source of rose information in general is rec.gardens.roses!