Friday, June 22, 2018

31 Oct

How to Prune Roses & Ramblers!

Rose pruning is important because it ensure that your plants stay healthy and flourish each year. If left, rambling roses can become a tangled mess of branches with very few flowers. Rose pruning is sometimes considered confusing, but following a few simple steps can work wonders for your garden.

Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between a climbing rose and a rambling rose. The easiest way to tell the difference is to take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer, while a rambling rose will flower only once, usually in June.

Climbing and rambling roses quickly cover walls and fences but can become overgrown. Prune them harshly this time of year to get them under control. Pruning now will mean that you are removing the bulk of growth to prevent wind damage over winter. It will also promote strong regrowth in spring.

It’s important that roses are pruned correctly depending on what type you have. Climbing roses are a more vigorous form of multi-flowered bush roses. They generally produce three or four major stems and have similar leaves to bush roses.

For best results follow these steps -

  • Use a pair of sharp secateurs to make a sloping cut, just above an outward facing bud.
  • The slant of the cut should face away, so rain does not run into the bud and cause it to rot.

Climbing roses will shoot up in height, but this growth with slow down as they reach their maximum size. If you don’t prune climbing roses side shoots will be shorter and only the top of the plant will flower. Remove one of the main stems every few years and trim the weaker side shoots annually for best results.

Some varieties of rambling roses grow so quickly that they can add on up to 5m in length in a single year. New shoots can be so vigorous that they are unable to bloom in there first year, so don’t worry if your rambling rose hasn’t produced any flowers.

When pruning rambling roses you should remove the older, flowered shoots as low down on the plant as possible first. You can do this in June or July, or wait until the flowering season is completely over and start pruning now while the roses are dormant.

This time of year you should completely remove all stems that have borne flowers this summer. You should also remove the thin tips of all the current seasons new shoots to encourage healthy buds.


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