Pruning Roses – Done the Right Way
You may love roses but Pruning Roses may be the reason why you don’t have any in your garden. Roses have been a favorite flower ever since the first blossom was discovered. The varieties are numerous and each one offers a look and fragrance that is second to none.
What is probably the number one reason why some who absolutely adores roses doesn’t have any roses in their garden? It is because of the thorns that the roses have. There is a super easy solution for this when it comes to Pruning Roses that you may not have thought of.
Protection – Before the actual process of pruning is discussed, we need to discuss preparation. Although those blossoms and their fragrance are just calling you to come nearer, those thorns are saying “stay away”. Unfortunately, you have to trim your roses to keep them looking beautiful. So, what you can do (and not have someone else prune for you) is to put on a heavy duty shirt or you can invest in a pair of heavy duty gloves that go up to your elbows. Yes, these do exist and are a very worthy investment.
For the protection of your rose, if fungus and/or infection is a concern have some “prune and seal” product on hand to smooth onto the newly cut open end of a branch/cane. This will protect the new end until the rose can recover from the trim and begin working on new growth in that area. This is not mandatory, simply an option.
Tools – A very important tool to have ready is a pair of clean and sharp trimmers/shears. There are a number of quality brands on the market today and the price points will vary. You want to choose a pair that is comfortable and easy for you to grip, especially with gloves on. You also want to consider the size of your rose plant and how far the trimmers will open in comparison to the stems of your plant.
When you are Pruning Roses, your goal is to make one clean cut if possible. If you use dull trimmers, you’ll need to make several attempts at removing a branch (or cane) and this is a no-no. Too small of trimmers when cutting a larger branch will also require several attempts to cut through the branch and again this should be avoided if at all possible.
For those times when you need to cut back your rose, you may want to consider having a pair of lopping shears on hand. You might also want to purchase a kneeling pad to protect your knees. A wheel barrow or something else that can carry away the cut branches or move around your tools and other miscellaneous items might also be helpful. If you get a lot of leaves from trees and other plants, a quality rake will be helpful to remove the debris from underneath the rose.
Pruning – You could choose to allow your rose to grow as it pleases especially if you have a climbing rose. However, pruning will not only remove dead blooms and stems/branches but will encourage new growth which is what we really want. Besides, a nice trim makes the rose even more beautiful than it already is.
Pruning Roses may seem intimidating because once you make that cut, you can’t put it back. You want to cut preferably at a 45 degree angle and approximately 1/4 of an inch just above a node or where a leaf is attached to a branch. You want to do a little pruning during the growing season to keep the rose maintained and then a heavy duty pruning to prepare for the next growth period when the rose is dormant.
If you are not sure about the process, simply begin with little trims and work yourself up to larger trims when you feel more confident about cutting. If you are hesitant about Pruning Roses, think about the cut and if it makes sense then go through with it; the rose will do just fine regardless.