By far the most favored flower by Ceres Garden Club members, rose care and pruning is again the focus of members. With new member, Daniel Bote, Arborist, demonstrating, and providing best care tips, questions were answered and new techniques and practices learned by even the most seasoned gardener.
When buds are swollen, yet not opened, is the best time for pruning. Be certain to prune after fear of frost so that the tender new growth is not damaged. Cut the old growth back by 1/2 then look closely at the structure of the rose bush. Cut out dead wood, which will attract and harbor pests and disease which can kill the rose.
If pruning a bush, remove any shoots that are coming up from the root and/or below the graft. It needs to be noted that roses are grafted to root stock. The root stock is usually that of old rambling wild rose which is more resistant to root fungus and other root diseases.
Cuts should be done with sharp pruners that are cleaned to prevent spread of pests. Cuts should be at a 45 degree angle to prevent water from sitting and causing fungus growth.
Feed with a balance fertilizer and don’t be afraid to use a systemic rose care product to ensure your rose blooms profusely and will last more than a life time.