Get tough with the prun­ing

Time to prune rosa ru­gosa, ap­ples and pears. Ex­pert

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

Th­ese hardy shrubs make a state­ment in the win­ter gar­den with their clus­ters of vi­brant red berries and ev­er­green leaves to pro­vide year-round in­ter­est. Red tinted flower buds of Skim­mia japon­ica on a frosty win­ter’s morn­ing look stun­ning in the bor­der or in pots, which de­velop into white or pink-tinted spring flow­ers. Red fruits are borne on fe­male plants so you’ll need to plant a male and a fe­male to­gether, or a her­maph­ro­dite such as reevesiana if you want berries. I love rosa ru­gosa but it does tend to look a bit strag­gly at this time of year, a good prune will get it in or­der and will keep it flow­er­ing well for most of the sum­mer.

Ro­bust and dis­ease free, teamed with thorny stems makes rosa ru­gosa a good plant choice for any gar­den and also ex­cel­lent hedg­ing ma­te­rial.

They are not grafted on to the roots of wild roses, like other roses, but have their own roots. Suck­ers, un­like with other roses should be left to add to the bulk of the hedge.

When it comes to prun­ing you can be pretty tough with ru­gosas, prun­ing the whole hedge down by a half if it is grow­ing too tall, as they will pro­duce flow­ers from new growth as well as old.

Also, keep your ap­ples and pears fruit­ing and flow­er­ing well with a win­ter prune, which can be done be­tween Novem­ber and early March.

The aim is to open up the frame­work so the air can cir­cu­late and the light can get in to ripen the fruit.

Start by re­mov­ing any dead, dam­aged, dis­eased, cross­ing and weak branches then shorten the pre­vi­ous years growth on each main branch by one third to an out­ward fac­ing bud.

Leave any young lat­eral side shoots un­pruned so in the se­cond year they can de­velop fruit buds.

If the tree hasn’t been pruned for a while you can spread any ma­jor prun­ing over a cou­ple of win­ters, the first prune should be re­mov­ing larger branches in the cen­tre right back to their point of ori­gin. The seed sup­plier emails are com­ing in thick and fast at the mo­ment with some good deals. Take five min­utes to get your or­ders in be­fore the dead­lines to take ad­van­tage of any of­fers and you’ll have your seeds all ready at hand to sow when you need them.

Ru­gosa is ro­bust and makes ex­cel­lent hedg­ing ma­te­rial

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