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We said in last month's newsletter that choosing the right time to prune Arizona roses is difficult. Ideally, they should be pruned two weeks before the buds swell. Some gardeners simply"sense" when this is about to happen. (One St. David gardener judges it by when the mesquite trees begin to bud.). Sep 21, Trim your roses between mid December and mid January, which is the ideal time if you live in Arizona.

If you have shrub roses, floribunda’s, hybrid teas, or grandiflora roses, trim them back to knee height. Do a light trim after September Trim off only approximately ¼ of the rose bush. Sep 21, Prune these roses in September after they have finished blooming and simply remove old, nonproducing or diseased wood. Do not dead head heirloom roses. Hook and blade pruning shears, long-handled lopping shears and fine-toothed curved pruning saws (for thick rose canes) are the best tools to use for pruning roses.

ARIZONA ROSE SOCIETIES CALENDAR JANUARY Prune roses back approximately one-half, except for climbers. Remove foliage. Clean up all debris (leaves and petals) and discard in trash.

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Spray a fungicide bi-weekly to prevent powdery mildew. Spray the canes and the ground around the rose bush.

Deep water roses at least once a week. Plant new bare-root roses. Planting bare root roses Soak entire rose bush in water for h Dig hole inches wide and deep to accommodate root ball Add 1 cup sulfur and 1 cup triple superphosphate and mix with soil Fill hole with cone shape of native soil: forest mulch or of native soil: compost. In the summer, prune rose bushes to remove dead or diseased branches. Make the cuts one inch below the diseased branch, so only healthy wood remains.

Summer is also the time to look for any branches in the center of the bush that are growing across each other. Feb 13, The best time to prune roses is in late winter or early spring, around the time new growth begins. This could be as early as January or as late as May, depending on your climate.

If you'd like to mark your calendar, or set yourself a pruning reminder, here are regional estimates: Zones 3 and 4 - May. Aug 23, Pruning your rose bushes can promote new growth. If you trim them before the first frost, it could create new buds that will be killed when the first frost comes along. This can damage the plant and make it produce less flowers in the spring.

Wait until your area has had at least 1 frost before you trim your roses. The first frost comes at a different time for every stumpgrind.buzz: K.