Time to prune roses?

Asked January 29, 2018, 3:01 PM EST

We have a few rose bushes of differing varieties that will need pruning before Spring. I’ve read that the best time is the window between last frost and first bud formation but that seems to involve some informed guessing. When do you suggest sharpening the pruners and getting busy? We are in Catonsville, Md. Thanks,

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3 Responses

It is still a bit early. Pruning encourages growth during a warmer period and you don't want a lot of new, tender growth with a good deal of winter left.

The better time is late March into April.
Here is one of our helpful videos on rose pruning:

and our pruning publication: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG84_Pruni...


There are buds on all of the rose bushes now - should I still hold off pruning until late March or early April? The weather has been so weird that normal practices don’t seem to apply these days. What do you think? Thanks again, Jim O’Neill

If you have bud eyes on the canes, you can prune now.