Dead Heading Roses

30 May

Everyone loves a rose; a dozen, two dozen, red, yellow, white, standard, climber, ballerina. There’s so many to chose from, it’s kind of impossible to not have a few that take your breath away.

 

One slight downside to roses…they don’t last long. The gorgeous flowers are only on display for a few days before they drop their petals on your beds like sprinkles onto ice-cream. Then you’re just left with an odd looking browning mess where a vibrant flower once stood. This is the beauty of repeat flowering roses though: Once they’ve gone over, you can come along with a sharp pair of secateurs, snip off the dead flowers, and hey presto! A few weeks later there’s a nice fresh looking flower again.

 

A few things to bear in mind when pruning roses though; you might have noticed I said “sharp secateurs”. They need to be sharp because when you cut a rose, you want the cut to be clean, no tearing or ripping. Any damage to the stem can lead to disease and a dead rose and no-one wants that. The cut should also be somewhat vertical, as any droplets of rain can sit on where you’ve just pruned and do harm to the rose again, so we want any water to run off nicely. Now, where to cut? When pruning a rose, ideally you want to go down two shoots from the flower, and make the cut just above the second shoot (if you look carefully, sometimes you can even see a new bud forming between leaf and stem). I’ve put a picture of where I mean on ourĀ Instagram to show where I usually cut. Last but not least, it’s important to wear gloves when pruning roses, as those thorns aren’t just for decoration! They can hurt, and if they get stuck in your skin, they can be a right pain to get out!

 

Happy pruning, everyone!

 

Written & posted by Stu.

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