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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Pruning Roses

Pruning roses from mid-July until early August ensures strong, healthy new growth and vibrant blooms next season. Using sharp secateurs and sturdy gloves, cut back old and diseased branches. Focus on shaping shrub, miniature, climbing, and rambling roses to promote lush, fresh growth. Follow these tips for a beautiful, flourishing garden.

Pruning roses from mid-July until early August ensures strong, healthy new growth and vibrant blooms next season. Using sharp secateurs and sturdy gloves, cut back old and diseased branches. Focus on shaping shrub, miniature, climbing, and rambling roses to promote lush, fresh growth. Follow these tips for a beautiful, flourishing garden.

Pruning Roses: A Seasonal Guide

Preparing for Pruning

Mid-July until early August is the prime season to prune roses, allowing for strong, healthy new growth and a dazzling display of blooms next season. Before starting, ensure you have a pair of sharp, clean secateurs to avoid tearing the stems, and wear stout gardening gloves, essential for this thorny task.

Pruning Shrub Roses (Floribundas)

The best way to begin pruning shrub roses is by bunching the stems together and cutting them all to the same height, approximately by half to a third. This approach makes it much easier to see what needs to be done. Reducing overcrowded branches will enable new shoots in the spring. Remove any old wood with dark, thicker stems by cutting back to the base of the rose bush, creating space for fresh basal shoots next spring. Additionally, take out all dead and diseased branches. Next, prune any branches and side shoots growing toward the center. Ideally, the ultimate shape of the rose bush should have an open ‘cup’ shape, with the top shaped into a rounded dome.

Pruning Miniature Roses

For miniature roses, cut down to around 20cm above the base. As with Floribunda roses, cut out entirely any diseased, dead, and weak branches. This helps to promote new, healthy growth and ensures the plant remains vibrant. Regular maintenance of these roses ensures they stay healthy and continue to bloom beautifully.

Pruning Climbing Roses

Untie climbers from their supports and pull the branches apart so any old wood is visible and can be cut out at the base of the plant. This makes room for new basal stems to grow. Remove any dead, weak, and diseased branches completely. Prune the remaining branches by up to two-thirds and re-attach them to the support. This encourages a more robust structure and better flowering.

Pruning Rambling Roses

Rambling roses, with their long flexible stems, are pruned after flowering by cutting out at least a third of any old wood. Shorten the remaining shoots to keep them under control. This method helps manage their vigorous growth and ensures they remain healthy and aesthetically pleasing.

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