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  1. When to prune roses is indeed very confusing, especially given that timing all depends on weather, your growing area and the type of roses in question. No matter what rose type you’re growing, a good rule of thumb is to prune roses at the end of the dormant season when growth buds begin to swell, which is probably right about now in your area. You want to prune out any unproductive, dead, damaged or diseased wood as well as any branches the cross in the center or rub up against the larger canes. If possible, you want to make the cut at an angle above an outward-facing bud. Ultimately, when you cut, the top of the angle should be facing outward. And most importantly, always make sure your pruners are sharp!

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