Cutting Dead Rose Blooms - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by malissacole
May 21, 2010
Is it necessary to cut the dead blooms off your rose bush? If I don't cut off the dead bloom and apply glue, will this allow them to bloom uninterrupted.

Answer from NGA
May 21, 2010


It's actually better for your roses to cut off the dead flowers. If you don't they will develop into rose hips, which will slow the production of new flowers. You don't need to dab the cut stems with glue. Just prune off the dead flowers and you'll promote lots of new flowers.

Applying glue is sometimes recommended when you are doing your initial spring pruning and reducing the height of the canes. If you dab a bit of glue on the cut stems, it will help keep rose cane borers from entering the canes at the site of the pruning cut. Other than at this initial pruning time, applying glue to pruning cuts isn't really necessary.

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