Wondering when to prune your Roses? The moment you choose to prune your Roses can be the difference between a beautiful, healthy plant that produces an abundance of blooms, to one that might not make it through the winter. Late winter is the ideal time to prune Rose bushes, and the right care can ensure healthy growth in the spring time.
Here are our 8 simple steps for pruning Roses:
1. Remove the foliage 🍃
Remove all the remaining leaves off the plant to allow you to see all the stems clearly. This step also removes any annoying pests or diseases that may be hiding in the foliage over the winter.
2. Remove Broken, Dead and Diseased Wood ❌
How do you know if it’s dead? Cut into the stem and if it’s brown it’s dead, but if it is green, the stem is healthy.
3. Remove any thin, weak stems🌿
The trick is to remove any stems that are thinner than a pencil. These stems will only produce very little blooms.
4. Prune all remaining canes 🌹
Prune new growth to your desired shape and overall look. New stems grow in the direction of the bud so the goal is to encourage them to grow outward, not inward. Therefore, prune by making clean cuts at a 45-degree angle about 1/4 inch above a bud.
5. Seal fresh cuts ✔
If you experience problems with cane borers, seal all large cuts with white glue to minimise risk.
6. Clean up time 🗑
After all your pruning work is done, it’s time to clean up. Dispose of all cut branches and leaves to remove any risk of attracting pests.
7. Feed 🥗
If you want to get the most out of your Roses, we recommend feeding them with a long-lasting fertiliser.
For the best results, we recommend two annual feeds:
- Late-March/April 🏡
- Late July after flowering 🌸