Saturday, May 22, 2010

Can anyone tell me when is the best time to cut back rose bushes?

How far should they be cut back? Will the rose bush bloom out in the summer if they have been cut back?

Can anyone tell me when is the best time to cut back rose bushes?
You can cut roses back in the early spring, I have done mine as late as when they are starting to leaf, then I can tell where to cut the dead canes off. Yes, they will bloom.

Just cut out the dead canes, and the ones that are crowding each other out, don't get too bare with them, but had to cut mine back all the way last year because of winter kill. They were flush with the ground, and bloomed better than they had in years.
Reply:I live in Monterey Ca. (central coast). I prune generaly after the last chance of frost. How far they should be cut back is a personal preferance. Branches that point in should be cut out. The branches you want to keep need to be pruned in a way that the new growth grows in an outward fashion. Look for the buds and cut above a bud pointing outward. Your roses will start to bud when the weather starts to warm. Your roses will bloom throughout the spring, summer, %26amp; fall, as long as you keep the dead flowers pinched off. good luck.
Reply:Cut them back in the spring.Cut about one inch below the dead wood.Cutting back will get you more flowers this summer.
Reply:Early spring, when buds are just beginning to show on the canes is the best time. However, if you live in a mild climate, you can prune in late fall, as soon as the plants go dormant.

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Reply:In the fall when the sap is down.

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