Horticulture Extension Agent Vikram Baliga joined Tom and Laura Thursday morning to talk pruning roses.

Early March when it starts to warm up is a the perfect time to start pruning roses. Roses that need the most heavy pruning are the Hybrid T Roses that grow between five to seven feet tall, said Baliga:

Most of the recommendations I've seen kind of recommend that you prune those back to some main stalks, main canes, as short as 2 feet. A good rule of thumb that a lot of people recommend is when you prune any kind of rose is to take it back by half. That will promote good growth, promote good flowering throughout the season.

Listen to the entire interview with Vikram Baliga in the YouTube video player above.

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