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John Fulton
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Pruning Roses

Posted by John Fulton -

Lastly for this week, many calls have been coming in about pruning roses. At this time of year, it is easy to see where winterkill has happened. Most recommend waiting until forsythia blooms to do your pruning. That way you are fairly certain you know what you are dealing with. The modern shrub roses, such as the knockouts, have been the most prevalent type planted lately. The rules for the modern shrub roses are: remove a third of the very oldest canes, identify and leave a third of the newest canes, remove remaining canes, cut back beyond the dead areas from winterkill using a 45 degree cut, and size according to your needs or desires. More information on pruning all types of roses is available at:

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