Freezing Temps and Roses

After a warmer than average February, your roses were probably flush with new leaves, especially if you haven’t pruned them yet, or pruned them much earlier this year.  Unfortunately, these tender leaves are prone to frost damage.  Sure enough, March weather has brought us many nights with temperatures below 32 degrees.   Your rose leaves will look wilted.  They will probably not recover, however, be patient.  Wait to do any pruning for another month (around the end of April), because there may be some additional damage to your rose canes, which will not be immediately visible. Once you see how much damage your rose bushes suffered, you can then decide how much corrective pruning will be needed.

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