Did you know there is proper way to trim a rose? I never knew until college we covered an entire section on rose trimming and pruning! By trimming a rose this way, you will force healthy growth, and it will actually grow more full. This is how I keep my roses healthy and get rid of spent blooms.
There is actually quite a bit of technicality when it comes to trimming a rose. I used to look up stuff on taking care of my roses, and would get boggled down with all the terms like bud eye, latent bud, and so on. Well, we won’t be talking about that today. This is simple, easy, layman’s terms on trimming. Now, we aren’t going to talk about pruning in this section, that will be another time. This is about simply trimming a bloom.
Trimming (also known as deadheading) a Rose:
◊ Determine which bloom you want to remove
◊ Find the closest 5 or 7 leaflet close to the bloom
◊ Cut above that, about 1/4 inch above an outward facing bud at a 45º angle
You can’t see, but the other side is an outward facing bud which I cut 1/4″ above that. Here is a picture from my old text book with some notes I added, it is a little blurry, but a perfect example of the final look.
Now you know how to trim a rose 🙂