How to Trim Rose Bushes

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How to Trim Rose Bushes
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Rose bushes are some of the most spectacular bushes you can grow. They will flourish for a long time when they are properly cared for and one of the essential needs of rose bushes is trimming. When you trim a rose bush, you not only get rid of diseased or dead sections of it, but you also promote growth, enhance the look of it, permit additional sun and air to circulate around the middle of the bush and this furthermore helps the bush to produce more superior rose blooms. The following steps will provide you with information on how to trim rose bushes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • High quality pruning shears
  • Lopping shears (long handled)
  • Garden gloves (heavy duty)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pruning sealer (optional)

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  1. 1

    Schedule the trimming. It does matter what specific variety of rose bush you have and also your location, but the majority of rose bushes should be trimmed in the spring after the final freeze.

  2. 2

    Ready the rose trimming tools. Be sure to always use sterile and sharp tools. Never use tools that are not extremely sharp or you can easily damage the rose bush. It is important to sterilise the trimming tools prior to using them and also in between rose bushes. This will prevent any diseases or infections from being transferred from one to another. It is a good idea to wear heavy-duty garden gloves to trim your rose bush (and even long sleeved shirts) to prevent the rose thorns from scratching you.

  3. 3

    Cut the correct angle. This is exceedingly vital to allow the rose bush to thrive. Cut the rose stem at a 45-degree angle approximately 1/4-inch on top of an outward facing bud. When making this cut, make certain the centre region (pithy tissue) of the stem is white and healthy, if not trim the rose bush down until it is. After you have made a cut, you can ensure a faster recuperation by protecting the new cut with a pruning sealant.

  4. 4

    Know what to trim. Eliminate any weak, diseased or dead branches from the rose bush. Trim to allow the centre of the bush to receive plenty of sun and air circulation. Get rid of any branches that cross over another branch. Do away with any new growth (suckers) that is rising from under the bud union. Trim all foliage remaining on the branches

Tips and warnings

  • During the rose bushes growing season, cut your roses off just over a five-leave cluster. If you leave the roses on the bush, be sure to get rid of the spent blooms in the same manner to promote more to grow.
  • Remove all cuttings from around the rose bush to prevent diseases from thriving.

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