Winter is optimum time for rose pruning, ever wondered the best way to do your pruning to get the best results?
- Remove any dead (dieback) canes at the stump level. Prune out spindly stems, anything thinner than a pencil.
- The bush may be reduced by a third to a half. Cut above an outward facing bud to avoid clustered growth in the centre.
- All cuts should be at an angle sloping away from the bud. Aim for a vase shape with a hollow centre. Heritage roses should be pruned to shape and to remove dead wood.
- Remember to clean secateurs in mild disinfectant between bushes. Remove clippings from the garden and dispose them to avoid the spread of disease. Spray with lime sulphur spray to control diseases.
- Fertilise with Organic Xtra and mulch with organic mulch. Boost growth and flowering with Eco88s in late August.
TOWARDS THE END OF WINTER ROSES NEED A STRONG PRUNE TO ENCOURAGE GOOD STRONG NEW GROWTH.