Is it too late to spring prune my roses?

Asked May 13, 2017, 2:56 PM EDT

Help! I forgot to spring prune my roses and now they are already leafed out! I don't know what type of rose this is, but it already has several small bloom buds forming. What is your advice to forgetful gardeners who missed their spring rose pruning? Is it advisable to prune now or to wait until after the first bloom? Are there any other steps I can take to mitigate the damage done by pruning later in the season?

Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs

1 Response

You can still cut out any dead canes or branches. But mostly I think you should wait to prune. Meantime, identify the category of rose (hybrid tea, shrub, climbing, etc.) that you have, because their pruning and maintenance differs. Here are some links with a bit more info.
Pruning: http://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/trees-shrubs-vines/1763-pruning-roses/
Maintenance (with a link to a pruning video): http://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/trees-shrubs-vines/1725-roses-maintenance/