Category: Pruning Roses Questions and Answers
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2 Responses to “When is the best time to prune Roses in Central Alabama, and what are the best roses to plant. Long stem&SHORT”
The best time to prune them is just before they start growing for the new year. In Central Alabama, that can be as early as January in mild weather to early April during particularly cold winters. But since the weather is generally mild (compared to people farther north) that it doesn’t mater exactly when they are pruned.
Of course you also want to prune then throughout the growing season (which is generally March to early November in central Alabama), cutting spent blooms to encourage more to grow, cutting dead and diseased parts, or just plain cutting back a plant that’s getting a little too big.
As for what roses, just about any roses can be grown in central Alabama because of the mild winters. But the best wil be those that are considered disease resistant. The humidity in central Alabama makes black-spot very common. Off the top of my head, one variety I grow that does great is St. Patrick. It is a yellow tea rose that has a touch of green to it. In hotter weather, the pettals will turn greener. One of the most beautiful blooms I’ve ever grown was a St. Patrick bloom that looked like a Bulls eye with redhues in the center, yellow for the main color, and green around the edges.
One of the more active rose forums I’ve encountered has been the one at GardenWeb
Trim late winter or very early spring, when rose is dormant, trim 12-18 inches tall , removing any dead wood.My experience says stay away from English tea roses Lots of maint and you need a lot of knowledge to care for them
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