Pruning after a mild winter

Asked February 24, 2020, 11:38 AM EST

I had been waiting to prune our roses until after a significant freeze but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards this year. I see buds forming already on last year’s stems which I would usually cut back now. Should I proceed with the cutting? Will it injure the plant development this season? Thanks, Jim O’Neill

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Hello. You can go ahead and prune your roses now. Yes, in some areas shrubs and trees are breaking buds already this year, but it is fine to do your rose pruning now. It will not injure the plant.

Here is our quick guide to pruning different types of roses,
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC_Pubs/ornamentals/HG108_Quick_guide_pruning_roses.pdf

Christa