Have my roses set flowers/Ia it too late to prune

dcrosby(5MA)April 27, 2012

Dear Garden Folk

yet another rose shrub post.

The Forsythia have come and gone. I'd like to prue my shrub way back for shape.

Am i too late?

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seil zone 6b MI

No, I wouldn't think so in MA. Not counting this wacky spring, I usually don't do any pruning until April here so you should be fine. It may delay your first bloom a wee bit but it won't hurt them at all.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 3:36PM
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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

Look at the tips of shoots and see if they are setting buds. If so, I would wait until after the first flush of bloom to prune. That way you have a longer blooming season. You can take canes back individually as soon as each has bloomed out. But it won't hurt the plants to prune now if their shape is bothering you.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 5:09PM
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dcrosby(5MA)

thanks!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 12:57PM
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Campanula UK Z8

yep, I would wait a bit too and do a summer prune.....if you must.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 4:17PM
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