The Q&A Archives: Roses

Question: I have many roses in my yard. Every summer they get ratty looking and stop blooming. I've not been the best at deadheading but plan to start on a good program. What should I do to keep them blooming?

Answer: Pruning encourages healthy new growth so routine pruning will keep your roses looking their best. When you deadhead, prune the stem down to a five-leaflet leaf cluster. This is where new flowering stems will develop. It will also shorten the plant and remove ratty looking leaves.

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