HAVE "inherited" a large, overgrown rose garden. The roses need
pruning - where should I start?
pruning is not as scary as it sounds and you'll soon get the hang
of it. Start by purchasing a sharp pair of secateurs. If your roses
haven't been pruned in some time, you may also need to invest in
a good pruning saw to remove older, woody canes. Begin by removing
any dead or diseased branches, then cut back any branches that are
facing into the bush as well.
When pruning roses, aim
for clean cuts on a 45 degree angle, sloping downwards from a healthy
bud. Always cut back to outward-facing buds. Don't cut too high
above the bud - a couple of millimetres is more than enough - or
you could get dieback. A general rule of thumb when pruning roses
is to remove up to one third of the plant. Don't be too worried
Despite all the bad publicity
they get as "high maintenance" plants that require frequent spraying,
roses are among some of the toughest of all garden plants. We've
been growing them for centuries, after all.
Gardener, Issue 120, 2003, Page 29
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.