Roses And Pruning Is Necessary Maintenance

Roses and pruning is necessary maintenance for the best quality garden and beautiful flowers. Read this article to find out how.

If you are growing roses as I am, you'll need to prune them at one time or another. I will attempt to describe the pruning process and hopefully help you in the pruning of your roses.

I feel that spring pruning should be done just as the buds break. You'll need to purchase a sharp pair of pruning shears to be able to cut back to within one quarter inch of an outside bud so that the new growth will develop outward and not grow into the center of the bush. Please don't forget there is such a big difference between pruning and shearing. Pruning is a very selective process. You are pruning to improve the shape of the plant, and to stimulate new growth further back on the branches. In shearing you are removing an even grown all over the plant so be very careful with your pruning and don't let it become shearing.

A certain amount of pruning is necessary for the maintenance of Roses. Species of wild Roses, shrubby kinds, such as hugonis and old-fashioned Roses, require little more than the removal of dead or weakened pats. Severe cutting of some of the older canes will encourage new growth.



In the northern parts where Roses are grown, the occurance of inevitable dying back of Hybrid Teas during the winter will remove any possible arguments on how to prune them, for one would have to cut all of the dead wood off in the spring. In other regions gardeners who really want a lot of blooms frequently leave nearly all vigorous growths. Severe pruning, or at least the removal of half of the previous season's wood, will produce more vigorous growth and larger, if fewer flowers. You would really need to remove all of the weaker-growing twigs at the base of the plant and many of the smaller side branches would need to be cut completely away.

When pruning Hybrid Perpetuals and Moss Roses they would be pruned in the same manner as the Hybrid teas, removing all of the dead wood. I tend to like to remove the dead and inferior wood as well as half of the last season's growth and for the most part my Hybride Perpetuals and Moss Roses plus the Hybrid teas are not only attractive plants but they also produce abundant and beautiful flowers nad I am well satisfied with this method of pruning. Remember pruning will rejevenate the plants by encouraging the growth of new limbs, and canes. Large Climbers will need little pruning, except to restrain them without reasonable bounds, or you might want to shape them to conform to the area you wish to grow them. Last year's flowering branches should be cut back to a few inches, older growth should be thinned out when the plants become too dense.

I only snip the Polyanthas to tidy them and I also treat my Floribunas like my Hybrid Teas. Ramblersand Climbing Hybrid Teas need very little spring pruning except the remove of dead or excess wood. There are many differences of epinion on the pruning of roses but as you gain experience you'll devise the best method of each of your rose plants for you.

Summer pruning, includes getting the dead flowers off, and sometimes you have a rose that is just growing too vigorously on both the Climbers and the bush Roses and it will be necessary to shorten the canes.

I do hope that this information on the pruning of Roses will help.

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