Phyllis Foster
Phyllis Foster
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  • Akron, OH
Asked on Mar 8, 2013

roses

360 Sod (Donna Dixson)Kirsten McCannDouglas Hunt

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can you tell me when to cut back your rose bushes
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  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 8, 2013

    In general, Phyllis, in Ohio roses should get their annual pruning in March or early April, just before the season's new growth appears. There are some caveats, which are addressed in this article from the Ohio State extension service: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1205.html

  • Kirsten McCann
    on Mar 8, 2013

    I like to prune at the point where the new buds are swelling but less than 1/4 -1/2" long. Look for the first buds at the tops of the branches. If they are about a 1/4" the lower ones that you are pruning back to will be visible and make it easier to plan your cuts. After pruning I usually feed when buds are 1" long. Wear gloves and long sleeves and use SHARP pruners.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Mar 8, 2013

    What type roses do you have?

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