To prune or not to prune???

cynthianovakFebruary 4, 2013

Hi All
What will you do with you roses? This has been another early spring...or so it seems. Thought I'd prune some shrub roses today and discovered they are already budding.

m sure I am not alone. What will you do? I'm tempted to fertilize them and watch the show then prune back later.

How about you?


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A lot of my roses are budding too, but I pruned them as usual last weekend. I will fertilize them in early March.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 8:48PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Here in San Antonio they say Valentines day.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:07PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

That is when I prune mine also, Kathy. Just hope it is as pretty on Valentine's Day as it was today. Mine have new growth as well.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:17PM
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I might leave the Saint Anne that is stunted by her place in the garden and prune back Ducher and Old Blush. We'll se how stron I am when the buds are smiling at me. I just read that Neil Sperry says to move pruning roses up a week: Now!
thank you

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:42AM
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My roses are budding early, too, with this warm weather, so am planning to start pruning in the next few days. Don't really prune my old roses, just let them do what they're going to do as I don't mind the out of control look on my back fence, but do prune the climbers to keep them (sort) of in bounds. Mme Alfred de Carriere especially is a monster! Like msjam, will put alfalfa fertilizer on them sometime in early March.

Now watch us get sleet, snow and ice this month just to confuse everything!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:07AM
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Last spring I just couldn't prune my roses in Feb because they were budding... by May I was sorry I didn't. I vowed to never put it off again. :)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:34AM
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I usually prune my roses the week of Valentine's day, but this year I started several days ago since they are putting out new foliage already and our temps don't drop low enough in my area to damage my roses. If I wait longer, I will be pruning out bloom buds and I know I cannot make myself do that. I pruned pretty lightly, except for a couple of Buck roses that I did cut pretty hard (need the space).

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:28AM
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