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How to prune roses and rose care

Published: 3rd March, 2014

Rose pruningPruning is an essential part of rose care, for without correct pruning, the plant’s flowering ability will diminish over time.

Most rose pruning is done in the spring, late February/early March, when the leaf buds begin to swell on your rose plants, meaning the bumps on the canes get larger and reddish in colour.

Many gardeners are really quite intimidated by the prospect of rose pruning and are scared that they will damage or even kill their plants. But you needn’t be. It really is quite difficult to kill a rose. However it is not easy to grasp the art of pruning from reading about it in a book. What you really need is to actually get out there and see it being done to learn what pruning is all about and how to get the most flowers from your roses, and to reduce disease.

Henry Street Garden Centre will be holding Rose Pruning demonstrations on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Wednesday 12th March at both 11.30am and 2.30pm on all 3 days. The event will take place outside so be sure to dress to suit the changeable English weather!

The Goold family, owners of Henry Street, has been growing roses since the early 1900s. With five Hampton Court Flower Show gold medals under our belt you can be assured that we really do know what we’re talking about! With 30 years of rose growing experience our demonstrator, Mark Goold, is the ultimate rose expert in the family. As well as showing you how to prune roses, he will also explain how to plant bare root roses, what sprays to use and when, fertilising and general care of your roses. The free of charge demonstrations usually take around 1 hour and there is ample time to ask questions.

Come along to the pruning demonstrations to find out more, and bring a note pad to write down the answers to any questions you may have. We will be happy to try and answer your rose growing queries.

Everyone that attends will be able to pick up a 10% off roses voucher for Henry Street Garden Centre.

Download our rose care guide.