Bush roses 

 Bush roses – they look beautiful in a garden. You must have seen them in professionally maintained garden and if you have a green thumb with a flair for growing roses, then you too must be wishing your garden had such beautiful flowers. Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep a rose bush perfectly shaped and with just the right amount of flowers? The answer is pruning. If you are visualizing a gardener with a giant pair of shears hacking away, that is trimming, not pruning. Pruning has to be done in a specific manner at a specific time

Bush roses will look good in your garden if they grow on a nicely shaped bush and for that, the bushes need to be pruned because the plant will grow unruly and ugly otherwise. Roses and rose bushes are all about aesthetics. Roses are not grown for food, if they don’t look good, there is no point in growing them. If rose bushes are not trimmed, they will grow long and unruly with big straggly woody stalks and bare base. And another reason is that the stems will stop bearing flowers after a few years. The output of flowers will not be as prolific as you want. With regular pruning, you will encourage the growth of fresh buds whilst maintaining the plant size to be small and manageable.

Bush roses grow out of buds and proper pruning will encourage the growth. Pruning should be done in early spring, as early as possible, just after the end of winter. Any specific reason for this selecting this particular time? Yes. You see, this is the time when buds grow. And if you prune the plant just before spring, it will encourage the growth of the buds. You should only prune if there is an indication that the weather will only get warmer after this point.

Bush roses will grow voluminously if you prune them in the right manner. And what is the right manner? Well, you have to get the right implements first. Get yourself some clean sharp blades and wear think gloves to protect your hands against the thorns. Make the cut right above the bud, a 45 degree diagonal cut with the cut facing inwards towards the plant. The lower edge of the cut should be still above the bud. And do over-prune as this will lead to too much uncontrollable growth.