Garden editor Johanna Silver demonstrates how to cut roses to encourage growth


Throughout the growing season you want to deadhead your repeat-blooming roses to encourage more flowers. Start at the top with an old bloom and find the first or second set of five leaves facing away from the center of the plant–this is where you’re going to make a cut. Use sharpened and cleaned bypass pruners to snip the stem at a 45-degree angle away from the node to prevent disease. Proper pruners make quick work of deadheading roses, and they also ensure that your cut is smooth and complete. Be sure to regularly deadhead your roses to foster new growth and keep your blooms healthy all season long.

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