Rose pruning guidelines

Pruning Roses

Can you hear the sounds of secateurs being sharpened and saw teeth being set? These tools are about to be put into action because July’s the most popular month for rose pruning.

Not in every garden, of course. Gardeners in cooler areas will wait for another month or so until it’s getting closer to the end of wintry conditions. And those with roses that bloom only once a year (ramblers like ‘Dorothy Perkins’, caney Banksias and some of the heritage roses) will leave pruning until after the spring flower display.

But for most gardeners July is the time to get stuck into the rose bed. This sometimes requires strength of character because, with many modern roses flowering well into winter, it can be hard to bring yourself to sacrifice the intrepid blooms that are still braving the cold.

Before you start, make sure you have the right equipment. You’ll require good, sharp secateurs, a pair of sturdy gloves and a saw – with a narrow blade that fits into tight spots – for the thicker wood. Plus some Yates Lime Sulphur for the post-pruning, clean-up spray.

Tips for rose pruning:


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