Will grow quickly in spring: how and when to prune climbing roses in winter
Climbing roses should be pruned to stimulate the growth of new shoots in the next season. However, this is not the only reason: proper and timely pruning helps the plant survive the frosty winter, increases resistance to cold and pests, and activates the emergence of shoots for reproduction. In addition, pruning is also necessary for optimal lighting of the bush and sufficient air circulation.
Experienced gardeners say that pruning can be done even in winter. The details were provided by the Express.
The benefits of winter pruning
Gardening specialist Jack Sutcliffe believes that the winter season is the best time to prune climbing roses.
"The best time to prune climbing roses is in late winter, preferably just before the end of the dormant season," Sutcliffe said.
Pruning during this period will promote the growth of new shoots and preserve the shape and structure of the roses.
Experts from the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain (RHS) confirm that pruning between December and February is ideal for climbing shrubs.
Experts recommend shortening long shoots in the fall to prevent damage from strong winds. However, the main pruning should be postponed until winter.
In early spring, during the growing season and flowering, pruning is strictly prohibited, as it can cause stress to the plant.
How to prune roses
- You need to disinfect your gardening tools.
- Shorten the shoots by a third, the shoots should be directed 40-50 cm upward.
- First of all, dry, diseased, old, damaged shoots should be removed. You should also cut off shoots that grow as if inside the bush. Young shoots can also be thinned out at the roots.
- The cut should be made obliquely at an angle of 45°C, with a distance of at least 1 cm from the bud.
- Dry leaves should be removed from the roots.
- Leave 5-7 fresh shoots of this year on the climbing rose. Be sure to treat the cut sites with garden varnish to prevent the development of infections.
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