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Growing Great Roses
Pruning
We recommend a pair of good bypass pruners. 

WHEN:  in spring and throughout growing season

YOUR GOAL: good air circulation through the plant. 
  • clean out the center of the bush by removing the smallest, inward facing canes.
  • remove crossing or touching canes
  • cut to outward facing bud eye
A cane with the diameter that approximates that of a pencil is able to support a good bloom.

DEADHEADING
Method #1:  Cutting at a "five leaf" cluster. 
  • Follow the stem downward until you reach the first grouping of five leaves emerging from the stem. This is the first place where new growth can begin. 
  • Continue down the stem until you reach the first grouping of five leaves that is outward facing. 
  • Make a clean cut at a 45-degree angle ¼ “ above the leaf set
  • Seal the cut with waterproof glue, a pinch of dirt, or a sealant product to eliminate the potential of cane borers that drill holes into the freshly cut end of the cane and can eventually kill the plant.

Method #2:  Just snap off the spent bloom:  aka the "deadhead". 
  • In a few weeks you will see new growth emerging from the cane. 
  • Look for the strongest new shoot which faces toward the outside of the bush.
  • Make your cut in the same manner as described above.  
  • Any other growth below this point facing toward the inside of the bush may be snapped off with your fingers.

This page was most recently updated on 3/20/2013