What's your question? Ask

Hyacinth Plant

Q.when to prune roses

Zone ct. | ctsportsterrider added on March 20, 2014 | Answered

What month is best to prune my rose bushes?

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Answered on March 20, 2014

Here in Colorado I usually wait until the leaf buds start to come out and open a bit. That way I can tell for sure how much of the canes are truly dead. Some years the cold has been real severe and thus so is the die back, in those cases I prune most of them down to within a couple inches of the ground. The shrub roses and climbers do not usually get that harsh of a pruning and I just wait for them to tell me how much is living cane and how much is dead. Some folks will tell you it is safe to prune with the forsythia blooms. That is not always true. I have had my forsythia bloom and then got several cold dips that would have cause severe damage to the roses had they been pruned and started growing hard.
Here are some links for you to articles I wrote on pruning rosebushes:




Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.

Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Hyacinth Plant
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert