How to Deadhead Floribunda Roses

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Deadheading helps produce attractive Floribunda blooms.
Deadheading helps produce attractive Floribunda blooms. (Image: floribunda masquerade - single image by Trevor Allen from Fotolia.com)

Floribunda roses produce numerous single or double blooms on long stems appropriate for cutting. The cluster of flowers is called a truss. Floribunda roses produce flowers over a longer blooming period than some other types of roses. The process known as deadheading removes spent flowers. If these are not removed, the rose bush spends its energy creating hips, or seed pods, rather than new blooms.

Search for dead or spent blooms on the rose bush. These are faded and dried. They are no longer colorful and pretty and may have lost many of their petals.

Count down two or three leaf nodes from the bloom. A leaf node is the swollen area along the stem where the leaves or a leaf are growing. Look for a leaf node that faces outward. This is so the new growth from the stem grows outward away from the center of the plant after the cut is made.

Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle with the pointed or upper end of the angle 1/4 inch above the outward-facing leaf node. Use hand garden shears. The angled cut encourages moisture to run off the cut area.

Deadhead the Floribunda rose bush throughout the season to increase the number of blooms and keep the plant healthy. If the rose bush is getting too large, simply increase the length of stem you remove during the deadheading process. Remember to always cut at a 45-degree angle and above an outward-facing leaf node for best results.

Tips & Warnings

  • For more blooms, it is better to deadhead a Floribunda rose bush often as possible, rather than cut the plant back drastically at once.

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