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Roses need light pruning, fertilizer in October


Last updated 10/10/2013 at Noon

Tea rose bushes lightly pruned in mid-September already have new growth for fall blooms.

A few days of weather feeling like fall and roses have shown their approval and are coming alive with the promise of a fine show (or two) before the end of the year.

If you have been participating in my prescribed practice of allowing your roses to have a summer rest, it is now time to do a minor pruning. This should be done now to expect two more bloom cycles (as long as cold temps hold off until after Christmas). Remember that this is a light pruning: Remove the many small branching cane ends back to the main cane, pruning down to an outward facing bud (found at the base of a leaf where...

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