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Hi, my roses are looking pretty sad and have lost most of the leaves, can I prune these now? Thanks

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Hi Lorraine, although the rose might be looking a bit sad, it is best to leave them for at least another 6 weeks, till they are truly dormant.
If you prune them too early you will encourage new growth (as the soil temperature is still relatively warm) only for this growth to be burned off when you get a frost. This will then damage the growth bud or even kill it, with the result of a poor performing rose come spring.
It would be best to wait until we have a nice cold spell (normally not until July) then the rose is dormant and ready to be pruned. After pruning it would be good to give them some good winter sprays to kill off any bugs.
Thanks, the Palmers team

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