The Q&A Archives: Roses

Question: When should I cut my roses back?(Spring or fall) What can I use to produce blooms all summer? My roses are leggy and will not produce many flowers.

Answer: Roses are pruned differently depending on the type of rose you are growing. Some are pruned only lightly and some are pruned very hard so it is important to identify the type you have. Correct pruning can go a long way towards enhanced bloom.

Some roses will bloom off and on all season while others bloom only once in the spring. Again, this depends on the type of rose you are growing, but adequate water and fertility combined with a full sun location will maximize performance of all types of roses.

You might wish to look at a basic book on rose care. One I particularly like is "Roses for Dummies" by Lance Walheim. ISBN 0-7645-5031-4. In it you will find a straightforward discussion of the different types of roses, general care instructions, excellent pruning diagrams and other helpful information about feeding, mulching and spraying.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Sempervivum Henry Carrevon"