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Re: roses

How interesting! I never thought of that. Mine aren't dormant for long
(early Jan-late Feb.) which is why I prune mid February. It would take a
stout heart indeed to prune them when they are blooming - kudos to you
and all that must!!


P.S. no such thing as "butting in" on this list - it's all about information and sharing!  IMO

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: TeichFlora@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 14 Apr 2003 13:04:33 EDT

>In a message dated 4/14/2003 11:02:46 AM Central Standard Time, 
>gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>> Hey, if your roses bloom in January, when do you
>> prune them?? And I would love more info on that
>Hi Pam, I'm not the person you asked, my apologies for butting in.
>My antique roses bloom all year so figured I'd offer some info also.  And, I 
>also had to prune my hybrids while blooming, the few years I was able to grow 
>I have to admit that it takes some courage to trim them back when they are 
>blooming so nicely.  Since many of the antique roses don't need as much 
>annual pruning as hybrids, there are some years that I don't prune them 
>severly, just light pruning through the year to shape as I cut off spent 
>blooms.   However, as in this year, they were just too big and needed some 
>pruning...... I just bit the bullet, waited till the avg. last freeze date 
>and pruned....knowing that they would be prettier in the long run, yet I 
>would lose perhaps a month of blooms.  
>Fortunately, it doesn't hurt the roses at all to prune them when they are 
>I believe it is a misconception that roses must be dormant in order to prune. 
> I think the concept is to wait until spring due to the fact that they don't 
>want the new growth to freeze.....and in warmer climates, I think people much 
>enjoy the winter blooms, and therefore wait until spring as well.....quicker 
>re-growth and bloom.  I can't even remember when the last time was that the 
>roses here went dormant.
>zone 9
>Texas Gulf Coast
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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