LifestyleUnlock a flourishing spring garden. Expert tips to prune your roses the right way

Unlock a flourishing spring garden. Expert tips to prune your roses the right way

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5:44 AM EST, January 11, 2024

Spring is the ideal season to revitalize your garden. If you're a rose enthusiast, it's the perfect time to give your bushes proper attention and care.

Pruning: A crucial step

Maintenance practices like appropriate pruning can lead to lush and striking growth. Interestingly, pruning is beneficial for both small shrubs and grand climbing roses that adorn pergolas or trellises. However, the technique and timing with which it is conducted are vital.

All varieties of roses will benefit from spring pruning, especially after transplantation. This allows more light to reach the hidden shoots, producing a more prolific bloom.

So when is the perfect time to prune? Ideally, it should be during the transition of March to April and throughout April. At this time, the risk of freezing temperatures is minimal, allowing the shoots ample time to rejuvenate post-pruning. Remember that a rose bush needs about 3-4 weeks to recover and "heal".

If freezing temperatures occur post-pruning, the plant may sustain damage, which could prevent it from blooming or even cause its death. Applying a gardening ointment to the pruned shoots is also advisable for better recovery.

Choosing a high-quality, sharp tool for pruning roses is crucial. A regular pruner just won't cut it. Over-pruning can be harmful, so it's better to be conservative in your cuts. Be careful not to cut at a steep angle too.

During spring, gardeners frequently employ sprays. The best practice is using them when the plant has not yet sprouted a single leaf, ideally before the pruning process. This plant is unfortunately vulnerable to powdery mildew, hence the need for treatments fortified with substances that protect against such afflictions.

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