Rose is budding out too soon
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The thin tip growth of hybrid tea roses is what's most likely to be fooled into an early debut. No worries! It's the weak stuff we remove in pruning each spring, anyway.
Can't stop it, so admire it!
My rose bush is budding out. I've never seen that
before. What should I do? - J. -
It's called budbreak. It happens when there's four
or five days of warm weather after a plant has had the amount of
time and/or cold its genetic code calls for. That is, if a warm up
comes very early in winter, a plant's not likely to break bud
because it hasn't finished its winter rest. However, once the
plant's met its quota of cold hours or dormant hours, it'll jump at
the first warm spell.
Thing is, it's beautiful and there's nothing
to be done.
The exposed shoots may be damaged. Then again, they may weather
the end of winter just fine, since in the red of new
growth is a certain amount of antifreeze!
Another thought to your ease concern: In early spring when you
prune to remove old and weak growth, and shorten canes to sturdy
bases, you'll probably just cut off that portion of the bush,
So just enjoy the beauty - take time to see the