Asked on May 14, 2017

What is the best time to prune roses?

CindyLorettaDiane Roberts


5 answers
  • Glen
    on May 14, 2017

    Early spring
  • Cori Widen
    on May 14, 2017

    Yup, early spring! You could maybe get away with it now if you haven't yet, though :)
  • Diane Roberts
    on May 15, 2017

    I was told by the rose specialist at my nursery to prune twice a year, on or around February 15th and August 15th. Living in South Florida, our growing season is essentially year-round. In New Jersey your spring pruning might occur later due to winter. Check with your local rose society (West Jersey Rose Society and Jersey Shore Rose Society are the ones I know about) or the American Rose Society for location-specific tips and advice.
  • Loretta
    on May 15, 2017

    Early spring works best for me.
  • Cindy
    on May 16, 2017

    Prune your roses in the fall. You can cut them back quite a bit. They come back in the spring that much better. I use the old rule of thumb, prune in months that have a "R" in the name of the month.
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