Many rose growers argue about the best time to prune rose bushes, with most arguing for early spring, and a passionate minority for winter, after the bushes go dormant. Most agree, however, that pruning in the fall will only encourage unwanted growth that can lead to winterkilled branches, adversely affecting the entire plant. Check with your nursery for specific trimming recommendations for the rose variety you are growing.
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Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.