Trimming Roses in Southern California?
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Question by kouneli: Trimming Roses in Southern California?
I live right outside of Los Angeles, and just moved into a house that has many rose bushes. I would like to continue caring for these overgrown rose bushes, but would like to know what time of year is best to trim them down drastically?
Also, if you have any other tips, please let me know.
im_smart: I moved to Santa Clarita Valley :) Small world.
meanolmaw: I know that most of them are Iceberg roses, and there are 4 other rose bushes that have the same look and growth, but different colors (light pink, dark magenta, golden yellow). I honestly have no idea what kind they are. I have even brought clippings into 2 local nurseries, but even they couldn’t tell. I know for sure they aren’t climbing roses, seeing that my Grandpa used to keep climbing roses, and these aren’t anything like those.
Answer by im_smart
I moved from Santa Clarita Los Angeles in the beginning of this year. Its a drastically hot place, and so for my roses i trimmed them down right after the flowers showed signs of “old-ness” (like brown spots, decaying petals, dehydration). I know its hard to cut off the flowers and buds right after they’ve bloomed because they’re so pretty, but its better for the flower so it can grow. Time of the year….probably at the end of winter, or beginning of spring so the plant can “start fresh”.
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