Rose Pruning for Freeze Damage
How Much Do I Prune?

by Anita
(Albuquerque, NM)


Name: Anita Shirley
Message: I really need rose pruning advice.
I have a tea rose that is at least 20 years old, and has been damaged by freeze.

My husband thinks I should prune it almost down to the ground leaving no branches above.

I think this will kill it. What do you advise? I live in Albuquerque, NM. Thank you! Anita


Hello Anita,
Please do not prune it down to the ground. First find out what the damage is.

Take a pair of pruners and cut down each cane until you get white pith inside the canes.

When you see white pith you will have a live cane.

If any canes are dead, which means showing no white pith at all, cut those canes off at the base.

Hopefully, you will have at least 3-4 canes that are alive, showing white pith.

Here is my page about pruning hybrid tea roses.

Keep in mind that your hybrid tea rose suffered from winter damage.

These types of roses are not old hardy.

I recommend that your protect your hybrid tea rose before winter arrives.

Only time will tell if this rose will survive.

But cutting it down to the ground will not help at all, quite the opposite.
Kind Regards,

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