Forgot the Roses?

Climbing Roses, early spring blooming plants
Climbing Roses, early spring blooming plants

Valentine’s Day Roses

Maybe he didn’t get your roses, or maybe, he didn’t remember to get you anything for Valentine’s day!  Let him know; It’s ok………really!  Let him  make it up to you………….in the garden or hire us for cleanup we’ll make him pay!  Grab the by-pass pruners, loppers, rakes and bags. Take out some aggression on roses, Crape Myrtles, and who doesn’t love going crazy with plants.   Remember the scene in Mommy Dearest?  Oh yeah, work it out baby! Honest, don’t be too fussy about what to trim, or what not to trim,  just jump right in, whats the worst that will happen?  Its wrong? So what, move on.  Gardening is one big experiment anyway.  Think of it as a science project or a mad scientist project.  Go crazy, do it in your PJ’s, we all do.  I lose track of time until the hunger pangs start.   Most rose canes prefer a 45 degree angle cut, however, there are few woody plants that won’t benefit from deep cutting in late winter and as a general rule it’s around Valentine’s day or  VD day.  Ha! VD Day?  Anyway back to pruning…………..cut roses down with a vengeance, to 1-2’ tall.  Cut out dead, dying, what you don’t like.  Go for it!

All roses need some type of pruning to remove; diseased, dead canes and invigorate growth in older plants. Rose that haven’t been pruned for years  decline, and flowers become smaller.  Lose it if you don’t use it.

Winter is for heavy pruning: fitting for Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, and Grandifloras (Knockouts),and  is usually done around VD or early March.

Make cuts at a 45 degree angle above a strong outer bud. Aim the cut upward from the inner side of the bush to push growth outward and promote healthy shoots and quality flowers. The average pruning height is between 18″ to 24″.

Other types of roses require less severe pruning. With miniature roses, for example, easy peasy just cut out the dead and diseased, and remove the hips. Cut diseased canes back to healthy wood at least one inch below the damaged area. This general guide works for all types of roses.

Old fashioned rambling roses and spring-blooming climbers produce best on one-year-old wood, and don’t prune until after they flower.  HANDS OFF TILL LATER DUDE!

Ever-blooming roses, which bloom continuously throughout the growing season, prune in autumn before the cold weather sets in. As a general rule of thumb, any time; cut out dead and diseased canes, fall shorten side shoots three to six inches after flowering. If the plant is strong, keep five to eight main canes.