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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:17 pm 
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Is it too late to prune roses? Mine are all over the place! Also, what is the best procedure? :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:27 pm 
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Assuming you're not talking about antique roses, do it NOW. Cut them down to 1/3 their current size leaving three canes.

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Is that true for climbing roses also?
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Do NOT trim climbing roses until they are done blooming! Also, do not cut them to 1/3 original size.

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 Post subject: Pruning antique roses
PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:42 pm 
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What is the best procedure for pruning antiques? Some of mine have several old canes that need removal.


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For starters, my notes from a presentation by the "rose queen,” Vicky Thaxton, indicate that roses should not be pruned back more than 1/3 at a time. I do not think this means that you can trim 1/3 and then an hour or two later trim another third. Valentines day is the best time to do it, (and easy to remember) but if you have canes that will rub together when the wind blows, go ahead and trim them back.

Best to do this before 28 March according to the farmer’s almanac. Any trimming is best to do during the fourth quarter of the moon's phase, before the new moon.

The moon has a magnetic pull, which has an effect on tides, water tables, and sap flowing in plants (and much more; just ask anyone who works in the ER or who works for the police department). That is why it is better to trim at this time, because the sap is not flowing as much and it is easier on the plant.

It is best to refrain from trimming climbing roses. :wink:

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