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Why Is This a Fantastic Time of Year for Pruning Roses?

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 14 December , 2016

Here in San Diego, we rarely experience a hardost that will kill off new growth for April. That’s why we prune roses in late December and early January.

If you don’t know how to prune roses, you’re in luck, because we’ll tell you everything you need to know in this entry.

Is pruning really good for roses?

Absolutely! Pruning actually stimulates new growth and removes portions of the plant that may be diseased and can eventually damage the health of your entire garden.

How will I know my roses are ready for pruning?

Just by looking at your roses and paying attention to how they’re growing can get you thinking in the right direction.

When you see rose hips begin to form on your roses, you’ll know that the rose is about to go dormant. You can help your roses reach this point by withholding fertilizers and water during December.

How should I prune my roses?

One of the great things about roses – beyond their beauty – is that even if you cut or prune them in the wrong spot, the chances are better than average that they’ll still bloom beautifully.

  1. You should cut no more than about 1/3 of the length of each cane.
  2. Cut ¼ inch at a 45-degree angle above a bud eye that is facing outward. Be sure to cut in the direction of leaf growth and away from the bud eye.

The overall goal should be to create an open air portal for the new growth.

  1. Remove all the deadwood.
  2. Remove wood where the canes either rub or cross.

Also, if a particular rose is deteriorating from disease or old age, prune severely and continue to fertilize.

Juniper Landscape Company: Your Professional Landscaping Provider in San Diego

We wish you the best of luck with your roses. Remember, this is a wonderful time of year for pruning them.

For other landscaping needs, we invite you to call us here at Juniper Landscape Company. We’re a complete landscaping service here in San Diego, with services in a wide-range of areas.

Call us at (619) 334-9464.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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