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Too late to prune rose bushes?

Can I still prune my rose bushes now (early March) if the leaves are already blooming on them? If so, do I just follow standard rose pruning guidelines? I live in the San Francisco bay area and seems were past the night time frosts now.

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4 Responses to “Too late to prune rose bushes?”

  1. insane draggin on April 20th, 2010 6:43 pm

    You can still prune them but try not to cut to much or cut the main shoots.

  2. hammering hank on April 20th, 2010 7:42 pm

    you can prune roses anytime, my wife told me and she has a degree in gardening.

  3. LOU on April 20th, 2010 8:40 pm

    It depends on the type of rose you have , bush, rambling, etc

    you could lightly prune know cut back to just above a side shoot.

    Prune roses with a slanting cut, directly above an outward facing bud – the cut should slope away from the bud.

    With all plants, start by removing dead, diseased or dying branches

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    Prune shrub roses in mid-spring. Remove about a quarter of growth and any old branches causing congestion.

    Prune bush roses in mid-spring. These can be pruned quite hard, reducing plants by up to a half or to within 8cm (3in) of the previous year’s growth.

    Prune climbers in autumn as flowers fade. Cut side branches to leave two leaf buds and tie in new shoots. If the plant is heavily congested, select a few old, woody branches and cut to the base
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    Prune ramblers in late summer, cutting back any branches that have flowered to leave two buds. Relieve congestion by removing any old branches if necessary. Tie in new shoots.

  4. Jim R on April 20th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Yes you can prune now but only cut back to where the new leaf buds have started to grow i hope this helps.

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