I need help pruning my rose bush…I live in Wisconsin and it still has three roses on it, dead of course, but : The Garden Rose
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I need help pruning my rose bush…I live in Wisconsin and it still has three roses on it, dead of course, but

But I have no idea how to prune it for Winter. I didn’t want to prune until the warm weather was gone. It looks like it’s gone now, so do I prune it to the ground? Leave it alone? Help!

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4 Responses to “I need help pruning my rose bush…I live in Wisconsin and it still has three roses on it, dead of course, but”

  1. Sandy Mac on April 12th, 2010 9:17 pm

    Pruning in Autumn assists in cutting down ‘wind-rock’ in the roots of roses. Cut now by removing one-third of the top growth ensuring you cut back to just above a healthy growing point (a small raised pimple on the main stem – outward facing ones are good). Then, at the end of Feb/beginning of March cut it back by another third, again to a healthy bud. Then lightly fork in a rose fertiliser around the base and mulch with a 2-3″ deep top-dressing of compost or well rotted farm yard manure (not actually touching the stem though). Roses are ‘gross feeders’ and need regular feeds throughout the growing season. Good luck :-)

  2. willanderson2nd on April 12th, 2010 9:23 pm

    DO NOT PRUNE UNTIL SPRING!!!!
    One of the worst things you can do to a rose is prune it in the fall. You will want to prune after all the cold weather is gone, around May. What you will want to do is, when you are sure the weather will not drop below freezing, is prune it into the green “living” part the stem just above branch or leaf. If you want the rose to grow to the right then prune it just above one growing to the right. Same thing if you want it to grow to left or front or back, prune it just above the direction you want it to grow.
    What you want to do now is to insulate as munch of base the rose as you can with a rose cone or leaves and burlap and wrap twine around the leaves and burlap.

  3. pcbeachrat on April 12th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Here is a link that tells you all about this..it is hard to kill roses established with improper pruning..but it helps to prune properly for a better bush..

  4. T-Bone on April 12th, 2010 9:42 pm

    some roses, namely the northern encore types, are very cold hardy, and may only need to have tip die-off pruned out in spring.

    For your traditional type hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas, prune it back to about 18″ to avoid the wind rock previously mentioned. then, you’ll need to hill up the graft that’s at the base to protect it from cold. Pile soil about 12″ high in a cone over the centre of the rose. Tamp it, and make sure there’s no depression at the top where water can collect.

    Sources: I work here:

    http://www.niagaraparks.com/garden/botanical.php

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