late spring pruning of roses issue: prune how hard?

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late spring pruning of roses issue: prune how hard?

Post by Ashant » Wed, 16 May 2012 14:27:25



Hi folks,

I'd appreciate some help on this one.  We've got some shrub roses that
we've waited too long to prune here in Nevada.  We should have pruned
them by May 1 AND we are having a warmer than normal spring (now in
the 80's) where normally it is 60's for this time of year.  Many of
the roses already have a first flush of almost mature buds.

I am concerned that if we prune them too hard (shearing all the buds
and cutting the canes in half or more) that after putting so much
energy into this first flush, that they will be disadvantaged/slow to
recover and create a second bloom.

What do you think?

thanks,
shanti

 
 
 

late spring pruning of roses issue: prune how hard?

Post by Fran » Sun, 20 May 2012 11:46:53


You can do a light prune about any time (leaving most of the leaves),
but I would not do a heavy prune until fall or late winter now.  The
only time I do a heavy prune after the leaves come out is if the
bushes show signs of black spot or have some other major damage.

On Mon, 14 May 2012 22:27:25 -0700 (PDT), Ashanti

Quote:

>Hi folks,

>I'd appreciate some help on this one.  We've got some shrub roses that
>we've waited too long to prune here in Nevada.  We should have pruned
>them by May 1 AND we are having a warmer than normal spring (now in
>the 80's) where normally it is 60's for this time of year.  Many of
>the roses already have a first flush of almost mature buds.

>I am concerned that if we prune them too hard (shearing all the buds
>and cutting the canes in half or more) that after putting so much
>energy into this first flush, that they will be disadvantaged/slow to
>recover and create a second bloom.

>What do you think?

>thanks,
>shanti