Hey! You live in Rose City. Maybe you should know how to prune rose bushes. Lucky for you, the time is now AND it’s pretty easy to do. (And some of us find the process very soothing.)
Why Should I?
Roses should be pruned to encourage new growth and maintain healthy plants.
Under-pruning is the most common cause of an unproductive rose. However, a rose left unpruned for several years can be easily rejuvenated by pruning.
FINE! When do I do this?
Generally, you should prune from mid-February to early March, when the weather is conducive for the plants to start growing. You don’t want to risk pruning before the last frost. And, the later you prune, the later your first bloom flush will occur.
Ugh. Do I need specific tools to do this?
Yes, you do. You’ll need some pruners for cutting. Be sure to keep your pruner sharp so it makes a clean cut. And you might want to get some gardening gloves. (You know how mean rose bushes can be sometimes.)
If you want to get fancy about it, you may want to get some loppers (the cutting tools with the long handles) for thicker cane and a pruning saw, which will cut through pretty much anything.
To really go by the book, when pruning roses, clean your cutting tools by dipping the blades into alcohol before pruning each plant to prevent the spread of plant disease.
I’m in. How do I do this?
In a nutshell: Make a clean 45-degree cut on a downward slant, away from the bud, about a quarter inch above an outward facing bud eye. Easy peasy.
Don’t have a rose garden of your own? You can always volunteer with Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden.