The most complex but the most productive part of rose care is pruning roses
Hardly any other area of garden practice causes as much uncertainty as cutting roses.
Responsible for this are the various types of roses and the personal philosophies of rose mavens.
Don't worry, as always I will explain this important part of rose care in an easy and understandable way.
Pruning roses is a widely discussed topic, but few have the heart to approach the subject in the right way.
Many sources discourage from pruning and recommend a natural growing for roses.
The plants will grow, but with fewer blooms, imperfect leaves and beside we will get poorly shaped plants standing with naked feet in our gardens. Unfortunately, the plants will be vulnerable to diseases and pests too.
Some pruning procedures apply to all roses similarly. They are easy to understand and easy to follow.
The goal of rose pruning is to remove aging wood and thereby consistently stimulate the plant to form new shoots, but it is also beneficial to keep shoots with a different age.
How to identify the age of the canes…
For pruning, it is essential to know the age of the canes, to balance the growth of the plant. Older roses will need a rejuvenation pruning to stimulate their vitality.
This task varies depending on the rose and I will explain how to do it when we come to the pruning of rose types in detail.
The general pruning guidelines and knowledge above apply to all roses and if you just cut out diseased, dead and damaged wood, the first important step to get healthy and vigorous blooming roses is already done.
To make the topic of pruning roses more exciting, we are blessed with several types of roses, which need different treatment.
It sounds complicated, but if you stick to the easy guides I provide, it will be fun to watch how brilliant your roses will do in the growing season.