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Pruning Roses

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In the Willamette Valley, Presidents’ Day is the traditional time to prune your rosebushes. That’s when buds
start to swell on the plants. To encourage new growth and blooms, you need to remove dead wood, improve
air circulation, and shape the plant.
You’ll need pruners, long-handled loppers, and thick gloves and a heavy shirt to protect your arms from thorns. Follow
these guidelines for best results and gorgeous roses this summer:
  • Use clean, sharp tools.
  • Look at the overall plant, but begin pruning from the base of the plant.
  • Prune to open the center of the plant to light and air circulation.
  • Make your cuts at a 45-degree angle, about ¼ inch above a bud that is facing toward the outside of the plant.
  • Make sure it is a clean cut (not ragged).
  • Remove all broken, dead, dying or diseased wood (any branches that look dry, shriveled, or black), and cut until the inside of the cane is white.
  • Remove any weak or twiggy branches thinner than a pencil.
  • Remove sucker growth below the graft and any dead foliage.
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