At Friedman’s Home Improvement, we are known for offering our customers the lowest price with local advice. Our workshops are designed to advise you on the various “How-To”s of home and garden maintenance. When plants are trimmed, the diseased parts are removed, and pruning roses involves doing just this, as well as maintaining the shape of the plant.
If you cannot attend our workshop, here are a few guidelines to consider when pruning your roses:
Step 1: Begin by cutting out all the dead wood.
Step 2: Then open out the center of the plant, removing any tangled or crossing over branches. This allows air to circulate, thus reducing bug and disease problems.
Step 3: You should reduce the remaining stems by at least one third. Using a pair of good quality, sharp secateurs, make a clean cut on an outward facing bud located between the leaf axel and the stem of the plant.
Step 4: Now, it’s time to remove those suckers! No, not the human kind, but the ones which grow from below ground from the original base rose that your variety has been grafted on to. Pull these suckers off (rather than cut) from below ground. If you don’t bother to do this your rose will ‘revert’ and become something a little wild and woolly and not what you ordered!
Step 5: Finally, rake up and remove any old leaves to prevent the spread of diseases.
For help with gardening project ideas, workshops, garden tools, and landscaping supplies, seek out one of our friendly staff at Friedman’s Home Improvement. Either visit us at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice