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By Frank Brines
American Rose Society Master Consulting Rosarian 

Time frames for winter rose case


Last updated 1/11/2018 at 10:29pm

Pruning in mid-January at the earliest to mid-February usually strikes a balance between potential frost damage and time to get two or three good bloom cycles in before the brutal summer.

There is no specific timeline for winter rose care, but there are general time frames. For our area, spring pruning should be completed around mid-February. I will provide details on that in my February column.

This major pruning removes canes and branches that are dead or diseased, are in contact with other branches or that pass through the interior of the plant. It also brings the plant down to three to five major canes, each about 18 inches tall. I prefer knee high or 24 inches. It also redirects growth to new "basal" canes and outward-facing buds on strong existing canes. When done pro...

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