Top rose pruning tips: When and how to prune roses
THE THOUGHT OF trimming roses conjures up images of stabbed fingers and withered bushes in the minds of many a novice gardener. However, gardening experts believe there’s very little that can go wrong if you follow these steps.
Roses are a common sight in many British gardens. Roses come in a variety of colors and forms, blending in with any garden, wall, trellis, or pot for a fragrant flash of color. There are over 150 different species of roses and thousands more hybrids. But everyone believes that trimming is the key to abundant blooms, and here’s how to accomplish it now that summer has here.
Rose plants should be pruned in late winter or early spring as a general rule.
You can look up more exact timings in your rose profile, although it’s not really essential.
New growth is what you’re looking for; once buds or leaves appear, it’s time to break out the secateurs.
You can deadhead your roses at any time during the summer.
Deadheading is the practice of cutting down dead flowers to facilitate the growth of new blooms.
Trim long stems back in the fall to keep them snapping, but don’t go crazy with the trimming. That’ll have to wait till next year.
Make sure you have the following items before you leave:
Remove any old leaves that have accumulated on your rose shrub.
This may appear sad, but it serves a dual purpose: it removes any leftover bugs while also revealing the bush’s structure so you can decide how to prune it.
Any wood that is brown (not green) throughout should be cut all the way down to the root.
Remove the internal stems if you want to get a vase shape.
Anything that isn’t thicker than a pencil is thrown out.
It’s time to prune back the remaining canes now that you’ve completed the basics.
Cut 1/4” to 1/2” (approximately 6-10mm) above an outward-facing bud eye to prune (a small bump found where a leaf would meet the stem).
The idea is to encourage new stems to develop outward, not inward, as they grow in the direction of the bud. Allow water to flow off by cutting at a 45-degree angle away from the blossom.
If you have a sealant, you can use it on the fresh cuts.
Roses are “large eaters” who require sufficient nourishment, so give them a “Brinkwire Summary News.”