Win­ter Rose Care

Go Gardening - - Roses -

Prune roses while they are dor­mant in July or Au­gust. Use clean sharp se­ca­teurs. Flower Car­pet Roses and other small leaf shrub roses can sim­ply be pruned with hedge shears. Cut on an an­gle, about 5mm above a bud fac­ing in a di­rec­tion you want the bush to grow. An­gle the cut away from the bud to pre­vent wa­ter run­ning into it. Wear gloves when pruning, prefer­ably long ones to pro­tect your arms. Clean away all leaf de­bris from under your roses. This is a refuge for pests and dis­eases. Spray after pruning with cop­per and spray­ing oil to min­imise dis­ease prob­lems in sum­mer.

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