Don’t be afraid of severe pruning tea roses. They will thank you with tremendous flowerage
Hybrid tea roses usually have large, fully double flowers with a high pointed center, though the distinction between these and some floribundas (cluster-flowered roses) is becoming less clear than it used to be.
Even if a hybrid tea is pruned as a floribunda, it is not a big deal, and there will still be a pleasing display of flowers.
What to Achieve with Pruning Hybrid Tea Roses...
Hybrid tea roses are primarily planted to get cut flowers with large, gallant blooms on long stems. This is the primary goal of pruning hybrid teas.
As always when it comes to pruning roses, we have to remove dry, diseased and damaged wood first. This will make it easier to see what remains to be done.
Hybrid Tea roses and floribundas get the most severe pruning of all roses.
Even if first sprouts already arrived on the top of the plants, prune back the canes without fear.
The General pruning guidelines and the rules in How to prune roses apply, of course, to pruning tea roses and floribundas with some considerations.
As mentioned above, hybrid tea roses will get a severe pruning, but it is impossible to specify the cutting length in inches due to different leaf spaces of the rose types.
When it comes to pruning, always count the bud eyes, starting from the bud union. Please remember, there are no fixed rules for the size of pruning.
Hybrid tea roses should always have old, perennial and young canes to achieve an overall balanced growth.
With each pruning, weak and close to the ground canes are severely shortened. The strong canes, on the other hand, remain longer. This treatment leads to an early and vigorous blooming.
Please respect some more rules...
Last but not least, please don't forget to remove the clipping immediately, to avoid diseases and to keep your plants healthy.
View this very helpful video about pruning hybrid teas for long stem cut flowers
Hybrid tea roses in particular put a lot of power in the production of rose hips. Whether you want to keep them, some varieties develop beautiful decorative hips, or your goal is to keep the plant flowering until fall.
If you are looking for a rich second-flowering in the fall, you must regularly cut-out faded flowers.
For Hybrid teas, it means to dead-head the flower under the first fully developed leaflet. For more information, dead-heading roses will be a great source of knowledge.
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