roses - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mg4256
May 17, 2010
Wh;e;n cutting roses, what is a 5 leaflet leaf.
Thank you

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2010


In this case it would be easier to show you than to tell you! But, here it goes:
If you look at a hybrid tea rose or any other rose plant that has one bloom to a stem, you?ll notice that the leaves nearest the flowers have three leaflets, or sometimes even one leaflet. As you look down the stem you will come to leaves that have five leaflets. The bud just at the base of a five-leaflet leaf usually has the greatest potential of developing into another strong, flower-bearing stem. With a pair of sharp pruning shears, cut the stem about a quarter-inch above the first five-leaflet leaf; the bud at the base of the leaf now becomes dominant, with ample sunlight and sufficient energy to develop into a flower-bearing stem. Often, the plant has enough energy to stimulate a second bud at the base of the next leaf down the stem, and two flowering stems grow where there had been one. Certain types of roses, like floribundas and polyanthas, bloom in clusters. You can keep these blooming by cutting off the faded clusters to a point a quarter-inch above a five-leaflet leaf.

Hope this clarifies things for you!

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