Remember to Prune Your Roses

Pruning roses is a task that yields admirable results when done well. Pruning helps improve light penetration, aeration and also discourages crop diseases. This therefore implies that the plant gathers enough energy to rejuvenate and sprout in increased vigor and beauty. The best time to prune roses in Australia is during winter, in readiness for the summer. Roses should be pruned at least twice a year and pruning at any time between June and July should be all right. However, for the relatively cold regions of Australia, August is the ideal month to prune roses. This is because if it were done earlier, the frost that falls in August would be detrimental to the strong growth of the young shoots.

When pruning roses, you should look for dead branches and remove all of them from the mother plant. Additionally, you should identify spindly stems and remove them while trying to open up the centre of the rose bush to increase the penetration of air and light. While doing this, be careful to leave out water shoots, which are young and delicate shoots, usually pink or olive green in color. If necessary, remove old branches that appear warty or excessively weak. About half or third of the bush can be pruned at such a time to allow fresh shoots to sprout. To prevent inward growth of the upcoming shoots, you should prune the buds facing outwards in order to promote outward growth, which is more desirable compared to inward growth as this overcrowds around the center. After pruning, the clippings and trimmings are collected and composed into rubbish bin.

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