Flush out the flowers with a summer cut
BE DOUBLY rewarded by giving your roses a summer prune – a second burst of beautiful blooms in autumn and less pruning work come winter.
January rose pruning
Winter is traditionally the time to give roses a thorough prune. However, great results can be achieved by also pruning roses in summer. Not only does it promote a fresh flush of new growth and flowers, it also helps to reduce the amount of pruning needed in winter.
Rose pruning can appear slightly daunting, with thorny stems trying to attack you and not knowing exactly how to go about it. So what’s the easiest way to prune roses in summer? Remove around a third of all the growth. Don’t worry about which way the buds are facing, just prune.
Sharp secateurs will really help the pruning go smoothly – there’s nothing worse than battling with rusty old and blunt secateurs.
Fiskars has a great pair of secateurs called the Quantum Pruner that can cut through stems up to 2.5cm in diameter. It has sharp, precision-ground blades, a rust-resistant, low-friction blade coating to make pruning easier and tough all-natural cork handle pads to reduce weight and create a comfortable grip.
After pruning, give roses a summer clean-up spray with Yates Lime Sulfur to control the sap-sucking pest two-spotted mite.
And to encourage the new leaves and flowers that will develop after the summer prune, feed each week with liquid plant food. Find one that is rich in potassium.
Angie Thomas is a horticulturist at Yates.
Give your roses a prune in summer to promote autumn growth.