Pruning Roses - How to Do It?

by sarah

I have quite a few roses in my garden, and have never really taken much care of them but feel i should do and need some advice on how to look after them. I think they need pruning as they are very twiggy and no roses on them. How do i prune them and when?

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Nov 21, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Pruning roses can seen quite daunting to some people, especially if you are new to doing the job in hand. It takes time and practise to become an accomplished rose pruner, keeping in mind that its very hard to kill a rose with bad pruning.

Any mistakes made when pruning your roses grow out quite quickly. it is better to make an effort than to let your roses grow rampant and out of control.

Prune the roses when they are dormant, depending on where you live plays a part in when to prune, the hardiness zone and the type of rose you have.

But most rose pruning is done in the spring, watch for when the leaf bud starts to swell, these are the bumps on the cane, they get larger and turn reddish in colour.

In mild areas you can prune in the autumn November time but otherwise wait till march/april when its a bit warmer.

Use a clean pair of by-pass pruners or sharp secateurs and a pair of thick gloves, Begin pruning from the base of the plant working from ground upwards. remove branches from the centre for the air circulation and light.

Make your cuts above a bud thats facing outwards, this bud will grow into a new shoot so you want it grow outwards rather than into the centre of the bush. your cut should be about 1/4" above the bud and at a slant, this is so the rain will run away from the bud rather than drown it.

Remove any other shoots that are rubbing against another or making the middle look overcrowded, any that are diseased, weak or spindly and old dead woody branches can be removed too.

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