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Central AZ...8b...time to prune roses?

Posted by dwpc 8a - N Arizona (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 6, 14 at 13:53

This is our first winter with roses here 100 miles N of Phoenix at 4500 ft. We've had a very mild winter so far. My roses are starting to put out growth but we can still have hard freeze weather until mid-Feb. Should I prune the roses now or wait a few weeks?

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RE: Central AZ...8b...time to prune roses?

  • Posted by campv 8b Camp Verde (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 6, 14 at 16:29

I have just finished cutting all of mine back, including the climbers. Got them sprayed last week with dormant oil. We can still have a hard freeze in MARCH. We are @3400 and anything can happen. If we get a freeze then some of the new growth will shrivel and burn, but they still will come back. This year I had to remove the leaves because of the weather being so warm they didn't want to loose them.
Camp Verde AZ

RE: Central AZ...8b...time to prune roses?

I pruned my roses back last weekend. They are putting on new growth, lots of new buds. We had a hard freeze down to 23F this morning.

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