The rose plant might seem like one of nature’s tough beauties, just look at the thick gloves we have to wear whenever we tend them, protecting us from the thorny defences this plant has evolved to ward off potential danger. Yet while it may be true that roses can indeed be hardy, gardeners have developed the utmost skill and care to cultivate these iconic plants to their fullest beauty.
Pruning, as you’ve probably heard, is a major part of that process and has the potential to encourage the fullest growth and richest blooms from your roses. There are many good reasons to prune, but chief amongst them is certainly the new lease of life it is gives roses. Pruning can not only help to extend the general lifespan of a rose plant, but it can also equip it with the health and preparation to survive harsh winters, promising rich blooms in the coming year.
Of course, roses are a diverse range of species and not all should be pruned in the same way or at the same time. That said, if you keep in mind what type of rose, you’re dealing with, be it climbing or rambling, shrub or bush, pruning is a pretty straightforward task that can reap big rewards in keeping your plant healthy.