How to Prune Rose Bushes for Winter

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Pruning rose bushes for the winter is actually a really great way to encourage new growth. Prune rose bushes for the winter with help from an award-winning designer specializing in both interior design and landscape architecture in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Gina Samarotto of the Samarotto Design Group. Today, we’re at my home in Upstate New York, and we’re looking at the roses. It’s fall here, and these roses have really taken a beating this summer. You could see over here the deer have really ravaged this one. We’ve had some beetle issues. And, what I need to do today is start getting these in shape for the winter. Even roses that have been woefully neglected all summer long can still be salvaged so you have beautiful blooms next year. When you’re pruning roses for the wintertime, what you want to do first is remove any of the dead wood, the obviously dead canes. You want to make a nice, sharp, even cut, and what you want to make sure you do, when you’re done pruning for today, you’re going to take a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the blades of your shears. This way, if there is any kind of fungus or disease on these roses, you won’t be passing it on to another plant the next time you prune anything. Again, you want to go in, you want to take off any of the cane that’s obviously dead or damaged. You want to cut the stem evenly. You want to use very sharp scissors. Not unlike as if you had had a cut on your finger, if you were to cut yourself on a sharp knife, it would be a lot easier to deal with than if had cut yourself on a jagged piece of metal. The same principle applies when you’re pruning plants – you want to make a sharp, clean cut. This lets the plant heal much quicker, it lets the plant recover better, and it precludes the ability for pests or disease to enter through that wound. When you’re done pruning your roses for the season, simply give them a nice covering of mulch, being sure not to cover the crown of the plant too thoroughly. Let it breathe, and that’s all there is to it. You’ll have beautiful blooms all next summer. I’m Gina Samarotto of the Samarotto Design Group. Good luck growing your roses!

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