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With our annual rose sale right around the corner and with pruning time just about here, Autumn Hill Nursery in Canton, GA is going to take this opportunity to answer one of our most commonly asked questions: How do you prune roses? 

Correctly pruning your roses will help encourage new growth and bloom all over the bush so that they’ll be full of color come spring and summer. Pruning removes unsightly deadwood and dead blooms which improves air circulation, and the overall appearance of the plant. Pruning also allows you to shape the plant into the shape you’d like it go grow – within reason of course.

Before you head into the garden to start clipping away, you’ll need a clean pair of pruners, long-handled loppers for the larger bushes, and you’ll probably be glad you wore a thick pair of gloves.

Pruned RoseTips for Correct Rose Pruning

  1. Cut at a 45 degree angle
  2. Cut no more than 0.25″ above a bud and make sure you make the cut to slope away from the bud.
  3. Prune to an outward facing bud so that you can encourage an open-centered shape.
  4. Make clean cuts, not jagged ones. Keeping your blades sharp will help.
  5. Cut off any dead wood or dead blooms.
  6. Prune off any stems that are spindly or criss-cross other stems.
  7. Trace any suckers growing at the base of the plant back to their roots and pull them away.

These are great tips to help you get started pruning your roses to encourage a flush of growth this spring. If you have questions about your specific type of rose, just give us at a call and we’d be happy to help!

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