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Rose Pruning For Season Long Blooms

Rose PruningRoses are a gardener's garden plant. They take a lot of care and pampering but, if done correctly, they will bloom profusely all season long. One of the tasks that is key to season long blooms is deadheading. Deadheading is the removal of old, fading blooms so the plants will send up new buds, starting the process all over again. Rose deadheading is a little different for each type of rose, so follow the instructions below.

Tea Roses

Tea Roses generally have one flower per stem. As the flower fades, cut back the stem to a five-leaflet leaf (five small leaves on one leaf stem) that is facing the direction you want the plant to grow. Outwards is usually best. Make the cut slightly above the desired leaflet and at a slight angle.

Rose PruningFloribunda Roses

Floribunda Roses have clusters of flowers per stem. Individual blossoms can be removed from clusters as they fade to better showcase the on-coming blossoms. Once the entire cluster has faded, cut back the stem 6”-9” in the same manner as you would do for the Tea Roses.

Climbing Roses

The flower clusters are called trusses, and many people like to leave some in place because they turn into rose hips, which birds enjoy eating.

General Rules

  • For all deadheading of rose, or pruning of roses for that matter, use only sharp pruners to avoid unnecessary damage to plant stems.
  • Always remove pruned plant parts from around the plants. Leaving them could cause insect and disease infestations.
  • Always make cuts at angles to prevent water from getting into the stem and causing damage or disease infestation.


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