Summer bloom, Winter prune

Well pruned roses.
Well pruned roses.
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Best time to prune hybrid tea and similar roses unearths all sorts of advice.

Some say do it in December, others wait until the beginning of a new year.

Well pruned roses.

Well pruned roses.

The first day of spring is also popular, but I’d be guided by the prevailing weather and the plants. Best time for me is just as the buds are breaking into growth and there’s a decent forecast ahead. How to prune is just as controversial. I’m for cutting back each stem to just above a bud to avoid dieback, but there are those who insist that the plants show no perceivable harm after they’ve pruned them with a chainsaw!