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Roses

by CountryLife Gardening | May 05, 2015
Care & purning of roses
Care & Pruning
Now is a good time to prune your roses before growth commences. Most shrub roses can be shorted to three feet or so, unless you wish them to climb up a trellis like me. In that case reduce last year’s growth to two thirds until they have gained the height that you require. Aim to snip out crossing branches, dead twigs and old stems to leave last year’s nice straight stems. However if you are not sure don’t worry as roses are as tough as old boots and won’t die!

Feed through the growing season with a Tomato or Rose food to keep the flowers coming and remove old faded blooms to save the plant forming seed. Other than that all you have to do is keep sniffing the flowers and enjoy!

Pruning Tip 
It is best to snip them just over a bud where last year’s leaf was. Also try to find an outward facing bud so that you get an open centre.

Old fashioned is best - by Malachy Doherty

Last year I planted some old fashioned shrub roses - one of my favourites was the “Souvenir du Dr Jamain”, a deep rich-crimson that had a most amazing scent. It grew to four foot high in its first year and I have since learned that it makes a good climber, growing to six feet or so. Don’t over feed this one as it can be prone to producing more leaf than you may like. It is probably best to give it a shake of slow release bonemeal in spring. I look forward, from next May, to masses of scented flowers that I can see from our kitchen window. 

Now is a good time to prune your roses before growth commences. Most shrub roses can be shorted to three feet or so, unless you wish them to climb up a trellis like me. In that case reduce last year’s growth to two thirds until they have gained the height that you require. Aim to snip out crossing branches, dead twigs and old stems to leave last year’s nice straight stems. It is best to snip them just over a bud where last year’s leaf was. Also try to find an outward facing bud so that you get an open centre. However if you are not sure don’t worry as roses are as tough as old boots and won’t die!  Feed through the growing season with a Tomato or Rose food to keep the flowers coming and remove old faded blooms to save the plant forming seed. Other than that all you have to do is keep sniffing the flowers and enjoy!

Malachy's Bio
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!