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I am a gardening numptie.Last year a neighbour gave us a few rose bushes and I didn't deadhead them.Should I do it now or just leave them? Will it do more harm than good?It's still pretty cold here but there's been no snow on the ground for at least a month. We've had a few frosts and still below zero first thing in the morning.
Now is the right time to prune them, a bit late but it's still cold enough.You can look up instructions to do this but essentially it's:1. Look at the base, if it 3 shoots and one is a lot punier than the others, cut it off plus any weird suckers (long spindly bits randomly appearing)2. Reduce overall size by a third leaving 2 thirds remaining3. New mulch round the base.
Thanks Laurie. Should it be done when it's cold then? I was worried that doing them now when it's still not properly warmed up would damage them more! <heads off to buy Gardening for numpties>
A light prune can be done in autumn but the hard prune is in winter - January/February time - basically before it gets a load of new buds on.Roses are well 'ard
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