Hy­brid teas

Gardeners' World - - Carol’s Roses -

Take out all dead, dis­eased and da­m­aged wood and any weak or spindly growth. Cre­ate an open, chal­ice shape by re­mov­ing growth in the mid­dle of the plant. Cut back re­main­ing shoots to four to six buds from the point where last year’s growth be­gan. If you live in a frost-prone area and you’re prun­ing early, don’t cut back so hard. If re­sul­tant new growth is hit by frost, there will still be buds you can prune back to. Reg­u­larly re­move the old­est shoots so that the rose is con­stantly rein­vig­o­rated. Flori­bunda roses are pruned in a sim­i­lar way (see cap­tion, p35).

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