• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 84: deadhead the roses

Snipping off the spent blooms throughout the summer will encourage the rose to produce more.

Deadheading stops the plant putting effort into making seeds, so it will keep on producing more flowers as long as it can. I cut back the flower stalk to the point at which is meats the stem. Once all the blooms in a cluster are over, I cut back to just above the first set of leaves below the stem the cluster, or far enough back to shape the bush nicely.

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