Pruning is a very important part of rose care, for without correct pruning, over time the plant's flowering capacity will diminish. As there are different types of rose bushes (e.g climbing, bush,
standard, miniatures and once flowering and repeat flowering), the different pruning techniques for each type need to be explained to get the most flowers, and to reduce disease.
If you have repeat flowering roses, try not to winter prune them before July in most areas, before the oldest part of winter, as they may begin to shoot and all new growth may be lost if a frost then
Some once flowering climbers flower on last year's growth so don't cut those long canes that seem to be in the way, but rather move the plant if it is too big. Cutting the canes may stop it from
flowering. Only old canes that have diminished in flowering capability should be removed, bearing in mind that most climbers rarely flower much in their first year and only reach their full potential
after about their third year. The yellow and white Banksia rose is an example of a once flowering climber, so if you cut it back in winter you will remove all the flowers that are to bloom in the
spring, and the flowers will not come again until spring the following year!
Cut once flowering roses back straight after they flower about December.
Come along to the pruning demonstrations to find out more, and bring a note pad to write down any questions you may have. You could also bring along a digital photograph of your rose to show
the demonstrator. We will be happy to try and answer your rose growing queries.
You will also be able to purchase the Society's 2 excellent reference books which cost $7 each (2 for $12.00) and are written for the home gardener for local growing conditions.
'Planting & Pruning'
'Tender Loving Care'
Membership forms will be available to join the Society.
We look forward to meeting you there!