By now many of you have had your spring bloom flush and the roses are getting ready for another round of flowering. This means they are also getting ready for a round of rampant growth — particularly the newly planted ones. I find newly planted roses really take off after they deliver an initial spring bloom flush. While nurseries are responsible in suggesting mature sizes of roses, sometimes due to your climate, soil or whatever they simply get bigger than anyone expected.
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How to Prune Roses
Pruning roses can be intimidating to gardeners since cutting back beautiful growth seems counterintuitive and can be downright painful if the plant is unruly. But, the practice actually creates a vital plant, as pruning encourages new growth, removes old, dead wood, helps shape the plant, and reduces the chances of fungal disease by opening the rose plant up to airflow. While becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice, don't let that deter you; skilled gardeners agree that it's very hard to kill a rose bush and most mistakes will grow out quickly. Plus, it is better to make mistakes in the learning process than to let you roses grow rampant, creating a big mess in your garden down the road. Timing your pruning is determined by the class of the rose plant and the hardiness zone in which it grows. Generally speaking, most rose pruning is done in the spring before blooms start to show. Watch the leaf buds on your rose plant.
As the senior horticulturist at the Rose Garden—which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year—Tom knows how to deal with roses at every stage of their lives: young and old, tended and in need of pruning, healthy and not. For this month's Smart Gardener , we asked him to address a common issue that every gardener eventually faces—tending to overgrown roses. Dedicated in , the Krasberg Rose Garden's 5, roses have filled in the beds, trellises, and arbor nicely over the years. Some of the original selections are still represented in the garden: 'Golden Wings' and 'John S. Armstrong' are as beloved now as then.