I have always pruned my own roses. I like to prune lightly and I always prune to an outside eye.
My roses have grown well and I always buy a few new ones each year so my rose bushes have grown considerably both in number and in size.
Not surprisingly, when pruning time came around this year, the prospect of pruning them myself was a little daunting.
In the past, I have always spread my rose pruning over a few days – a system that made my job a lot easier. But the downside is that it affects the blooming time if you prune at different times. This year I didn’t want to stagger the pruning as I want to have a big flush of roses in October.
In addition to this, my Mr Lincoln has grown to an enormous height – about 17 -20 feet and the canes are not canes but veritable tree trunks. The thought of pruning this monster was more than a little daunting.
So these are all my reasons for deciding to call in: Read more →
It’s often tricky to decide what is the best time to start pruning your roses.
When to prune roses depends on so many things: the weather, the location, the variety of rose and so on.
But as a rule of thumb, I generally wait till the end of July until the danger of late frosts is past. During July, you never can be quite sure of the weather.
The problem with pruning too early is that the new growth is very tender and frost can kill off all the baby leaf shoots overnight and that would be a setback for the rose bush, causing die-back and a host of other problems.
Optimally, it’s best to prune just before the roses feel the first growing surge of spring. As you know, gardening has a lot to do with feeling! Read more →
Deadheading roses is one of the easiest forms of rose care but gardeners often neglect to do this. It’s easy to forget to deadhead your roses particularly when the season advances and the roses have been blooming for quite a long time.
As the weather becomes hotter, deadheading seems to be forgotten. This is a pity because there are several reasons why we should deadhead our roses regularly.
What is deadheading?
Deadheading is what it’s name implies. It simply means removing the dead rose head from the bush. Some people just pull the spent rose off the bush but this isn’t the best way as it leaves a naked stalk on the plant which tends to die back.
An easy way to deadhead roses
I have found an easy and effective way to deadhead my roses. But I only do this when the roses have been newly watered and the sap has risen well up into the stems.
To deadhead I hold the base of the stalk between the thumb and forefinger of my left hand and then with a quick one-two back and forth movement with my right hand I snap off the rose head neatly together with the short stalk that holds it up. In this way all the leaves are preserved and the rose will soon flower again.
Why should we deadhead roses?
Firstly, the rose bushes look much neater when we remove the spent roses from the bush. A rose bush looks tatty when there are fading roses among the buds and full blown flowers.
Secondly the rose needs every bit of energy, food and water for its growth and future flowering ability. A great deal of energy goes into the making of rose hips. If you allow the spent heads to remain on the bush all the energy is diverted from the growth of your rose bush towards the development of seeds.
If you remove spent roses from the bush, the rose is encouraged to flower more frequently by replacing the flowers that you have removed.