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April in the Rose Garden
  • Test soil pH; adjust if necessary

  • Plant container roses

  • Plant bare-root roses

  • Transplant roses

  • Remove winter protection no earlier than April 10th (with good weather forcasts thru April 15th). After removing winter protection:

    • Prune roses

      • Hybrid Teas - prune back to live wood, cutting about 1/4 inch above an outward growing bud and about 10 to 12 inches above the ground.

      • Shrub Roses - remove dead, diseased, and damaged wood and prune lightly to shape.

      • Climbing Roses - remove dead, diseased, and damaged wood and any old canes that will not add much to summer bloom

    • Fertilize after pruning with a high-nitrogen fertilizer to give plants a boost

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