Pruning in Ca. For Oct - December Bloom
Our O.C. Garden editor suggested this a fews years ago, so I tried it on one or two and did have blooms up to Dec. I chose a shrub that had stopped blooming, for the most part, and was looking somewhat mediocre. This was in late July. I'd like to try it again, and wonder if anyone else will go this route. Also wonder of this would be healthy for my new ones. It's hard to cut back roses that have a bud or two, but if the shrub isn't looking it's best, and will come back by early October, dressed in fresh green leaves, and blooming almost as if it thinks it's spring again, it's well worth the loss of a few more summer blooms.
Your thoughts and input, please.
Pic is Color Magic: a great rosy red Christmas rose!.( just joey next door)
P.s. Also wonder if removing leaves as I do in January pruning, is a safe practice in July- August.