PRUNING!


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Last year I got my first ever David Austin Rose. I live in Michigan zone 6a and I am unsure when to prune my rose. Did I miss my window, should I do it now, or wait until spring? Thanks!
 
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Do it now, I assume its relatively bare? I like that they have a little time to figure out where to send the spring energy, rather than be interrupted by cutting after the rise has begun and the energy is wasted by having been sent to points that get removed.
 
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It's not too late for you to prune as DirtMechanic has said. I haven't done my own yet as Spring growth has been held back by a long snowy winter.
 
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Basically a newly planted rose, has already to some extent been pruned. So, apart from perhaps tidying up any damaged ends, leave for a season. Then begin to shape the plant. So yes, now is a good time to start pruning.
 
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Its a good opportunity to study how to prune a plant open, controling the crosses and other details, then sit back and watch them explode. If they are not vigorous as spring springs, immediately suspect drainage and soil issues and move to remedy the problem.
 

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