Can you believe I cut the Last of the Roses yesterday in my Zone 8 Oregon garden? Well here they are. This is it for the year, because I did my Fall Rose Pruning yesterday, at least before it started to rain.
Fall Rose Pruning
. In general, if you do Fall Rose Pruning at all (some sources recommend not to do it (Rodale), while others (Heirloom Roses and Oregon Master Gardeners) recommend pruning no more than a third of the height to prevent wind damage. (To about 30 inches high)
. Also, cut out diseased or crossing branches.
. Heirloom Roses also suggests, thinning out the small spindly canes which can whip about in the wind and damage other canes.
. This pruning should be done after the first frost, so you will not stimulate new growth and promote dieback.
. Then do a good Spring Pruning after the threat of a hard frost is over (around Valentines Day in my area.)
Yes, I am doing this fairly late, but this fall has been so mild that it has only frosted about five or six times so far. It has allowed a lot of black spot to develop on my roses, so I will now have to go back and clean up the ground from all the leaves that have fallen. Then I will do my regular Spring Rose Pruning around the end of February.
Do you prune your roses in fall?