When To Prune Hydrangea And Roses With Old Growth That Is Not Sprouting
Question From: E. Bertman - West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States
Q: Dear Nancy, Our hydrangia and rose bushes survived the Michigan winter -- partially. Both have hearty leaves growing at the very bottom, but so far (end of May) it looks like most of the old branches won't be sprouting. When should I prune the hydrangia and rose bushes, and how far?
Cut them back now. Cut the Hydrangeas back to the ground and the roses to just above the live growth. If possible cut each rose cane about 1/4 inch above an outside node. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy