Thursday, February 28, 2008

Gotten to those roses yet?

If you haven't gotten around to pruning your roses yet -- like me -- hold on just long enough to read this article by Kym Pokorny on Oregon Live:

An Easy Way to Prune Roses

The gist of it is that traditional hard pruning methods were developed to produce larger show roses or long-stemmed roses. But simply shearing the roses actually produces more foliage and more blooms, though the blooms are smaller. If you're growing your roses for your own pleasure and not for floral shows, check it out.

(Image borrowed from The Invisible Gardener until I get a good picture of my own roses!)

1 comment:

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I have over 90 roses. I haven't counted them lately. Pruning them takes weeks to accomplish. Most, I shear because they are landscape roses. Some, I have to prune more judiciously in my climate. Thanks for the link. It was truly interesting.~~Dee