cut back roses

Do you cut back roses in late April in zone 6? If yes, please describe how to do it.Thank you.Eileen
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For cold parts of the country, spring pruning generally works best. Cut out anything that looks dead. If you'rew not sure, start at the tip of the rose cane and start snippping a few inches at a time until the centers of the cut stems look white instead of brown. Shorten the living canes to give the plant a compact, balanced appearance. Try to cut back to out-ward-facing buds, because a branch will emerge from each that leads away from the center of the plant, nice and open in the center to allow sun into the whole plant and provide better air circulation. Hope this helps. Good luck!


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