GREATER MILWAUKEE ROSE SOCIETY
Disclaimer: While the advice and information contained within this website is believed to be true and accurate, GMRS does not accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have been made. GMRS makes no warranty, expressed or implied with respect to the material contained herein.
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.
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