Roses – prun­ing made easy

Get more flow­ers this sum­mer with our prun­ing ad­vice

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Al­though cut­ting back our favourite flower can seem com­pli­cated be­cause of their many dif­fer­ent types, roses are some of the eas­i­est plants to prune. They are also a good plant on which to prac­tice your tech­niques as they are so for­giv­ing. Fe­bru­ary is a good month for rou­tine prun­ing of all roses ex­cept ram­blers, and the ba­sics are the same. Cut­ting back hard will pro­mote the strong­est growth, while light prun­ing will re­sult in less vigour. The other rules of thumb are to cut to an out­ward-fac­ing bud and to re­move any closely po­si­tioned stems that might rub or com­pete for space. Also re­move stubby ‘snags’ (short, dead lengths of stem with no growth on them) and thin, twiggy stems that are un­likely to pro­duce any­thing worth­while in terms of growth and flower. It is then a mat­ter of ap­ply­ing spe­cific tech­niques to the type of rose you are grow­ing.

Turn over for de­tails on mod­ern shrub, bush, ram­bling and climb­ing roses

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