So today I learned from my WWOOF host Jenn Keenan, who, by the way, happens to have a stunning rose garden, how to prune roses. It’s pretty simple, just do as follows:
- Find a dead rose flower.
- If you don’t want to keep the rose hips on the plant to develop, proceed to step 3. The rose hips are the fruit of the rose plant that develop when a flower has been successfully pollinated. They grow and ripen towards the end of summer and can vary from shades of orange, to red, or even black.
- Look down the stem of the dead flower and find the next bud.
- Make a clean cut on an angle above the bud with clean secateurs. Take into consideration the direction in which you want the future flower to grow in when deciding the cut angle.
There you have it! Simple.