Valentine’s Day … Roses … Time to Prune Roses!
In zone 8b, we are preparing for Spring and I’m always looking for a reason to be out in the gardens. So, with Valentine’s day here and gone, don’t forget to prune and care for the roses! Here are a few steps;
1. remove all dead stems
- cut just below the brown/green interface where the dead, brown stem comes in contact with the healthy green tissue.
- Use a rose cutting saw to remove large stems.
- Remove stems that are the thickness of a wooden pencil
2. rake leaf debris and remove — to reduce the amount of any potential plant pathogens that will be splashed up onto the rose leaves during Spring rains.
3. Add compost
- gently work into the soil area around the roots
- add water if the soil is dry
4. Top off with mulch
5. Wait for upcoming new growth and blooms!