Here are four simple steps to make it easier and quicker to prune your winter roses
- Remove all the dead and dying branches.
- Remove all the crossing branches (these grow from one side of the bush to the other)
- Remove oldest wood (easily identified by the grey corky bark) – aim to have three to five strong young stems remaining – and shorten these back to about 40 – 50cm
- Make sure there is an outward facing bud at the top of the shortened stem
A Monthly Garden Guide by Alan Jolliffe
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