How to care for roses in the fall properly so that they overwinter well
One of the most important elements of preparing garden plants for winter is pruning them. In particular, this is how roses are cared for. It makes them more resistant to wind and snow and also heals the plant. However, it is easy to make mistakes and harm the plant when pruning.
OBOZREVATEL asked gardeners about the most common mistakes when pruning these flowers and how to avoid them.
Too late pruning
Shortening the branches stimulates the plants to grow again. If you give the rose a full pruning when the first autumn cold weather begins, it can die. The plant will begin to produce young shoots, which will be immediately killed by frost. Therefore, it is better to carry out autumn pruning in the first half of the season and limit it to a little preventive care. Postpone the full procedure until late winter or early spring when the plant is still dormant.
Excessive pruning of climbing roses
Climbing rose varieties need regular shoot shortening more than others. They can be shaped throughout the season but excessive pruning in the fall can lead to the fact that it will be difficult for such a plant to regain its shape in the spring and it will bloom worse.
How to prune roses in the fall
Before winter, it's important to remove everything from the plant that can take away its strength and provoke the development of diseases. It is also important to remove wilted flowers in time. Then the rose will not spend its energy on seed formation, but will invest all its resources in the development of roots and stems that will be able to survive the winter.
It is also necessary to cut off all diseased or dead leaves from rose bushes before the onset of cold weather. They can develop fungal diseases that can affect the entire plant. Therefore, it is important to get rid of them in time. In addition, the absence of diseased leaves will strengthen the health of the rose and it will bloom well next season.
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