Trimming withered rose blooms - Knowledgebase Question

Kingsport, tn
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Question by thackler
June 9, 2005
What is the best way to remove the withered bloom from a rose.
I have always been told to drop down the stem to the first set of 5 leaves.
Is this true?

Answer from NGA
June 9, 2005
Deadheading your roses by cutting the stem down to a five leaf cluster of leaves results in the formation of another flowering stem. If you don't cut down that far, the stem will grow and produce leaves until it produces another set of five leaves and then a flower. It takes a little longer, but it will eventually produce the five leaf cluster. By cutting down to an already formed five leaf cluster, your rose bush will produce a new flower much faster. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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