5 Steps to Pruning Your Roses Correctly
Roses are one of the most popular plants grown worldwide. Their beauty is charming and they add an air of class to your yard.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of varieties and color variations of roses, and they can be grown in a wide variety of climates as well.
Roses in your garden are easy to maintain and keep beautiful looking. One of the main things to remember is that to encourage regular blooming, they need to be regularly and properly pruned.
This simple, easy step will not only encourage growth, but will discourage disease in your little beauties.
5 Steps to Pruning
Remove all foliage – You’ll want to do this in Spring before the plant comes out of dormancy, when no leaves are on the plant.
Cut off all horizontal branches – You don’t want branches growing sideways or crossing through other branches. Cut them off all the way to the ground.
Prune all dead or diseased plant – If the branch is brown or black, it is dead and useless. Removing the dead and diseased areas of the plant will open the plant up to encourage new growth.
Prune vertical branches to the outward facing bud – This will most likely be done at 18-24″. There should be at least 6-10 healthy branches left. Find a bud that faces outward and that will signal you to where you should prune the branch to. Make the cut just above the bud.
Cut the healthy branches at a 45° angle – This will encourage water to drain away from the bud and prevent disease from setting in. Make sure the cuts are straight and not jagged. Obviously this is done when your pruners are nice and sharp.
We hope these tips are helpful to you in keeping your roses in tip top shape this season.
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