Lenten rose – Pruning

hybrid tea rose

Q: When may I prune the old growth from my Lenten rose?

A: It won’t hurt to prune the ugliest foliage now but my wife prunes ours drastically in mid-March. In that way she removes the tattered leaves of winter and makes way for the vibrant new foliage of spring. We leave the flowers in place until May so they have a chance to drop seeds and produce seedlings. This tough, drought-proof and evergreen groundcover remains underappreciated, in my opinion.

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