Roses forum: Are these the proper tools for pruning roses?

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_Bleu_
Nov 23, 2018 10:24 PM CST
I googled "anvil-head vs pruning sheers" and, after seeing lots of photos, I still can't tell the difference so I'll just show you what I've been using:

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The one of the left for deadheading and the other two for pruning, mostly the one on the right.
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Nov 23, 2018 10:51 PM CST
You don't want anvil pruners. That's where the cutting edge is thin and hits on a thicker edge. Those just crush the cane instead of a clean cut. What you want are bypass pruners. Where the blades cross each other like scissors. And ratcheting ones will save your hands! The ones you show look fine.

You don't really need the first one. You can dead head with your regular pruners. Or you can just snap them off with your thumb like I do.

A lot of people think Felcos are the best. They're pricey but you can tear them down for cleaning and sharpening and buy replacement parts when needed. They last pretty much forever. They also have a multitude of shapes and sizes to fit your hand comfortably.

I have about four pairs of pruners, Felco, Fiskar, and a dollar store one that I leave out at the far bed so I don't have to traipse all the way back to the house if I want to cut something when I'm out there taking photos. My favorite, however, is my Mom's old all steel pair. They're at least 50 years old. I can't even tell you what brand they are because the paint came off years and years ago. They're fairly small and light weight and have the smoothest and most comfortable action. They don't make'm like they used to!
Name: Ken Wilkinson
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KenNEGA
Nov 24, 2018 11:17 AM CST
As long as the canes aren't to thick, what you have will work just fine.
It's a rose!!! It has nothing to do with life and death.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Nov 24, 2018 1:55 PM CST
Ken is right. For thicker, woody, older canes you need a good pair of loppers.
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jerijen
Nov 24, 2018 3:12 PM CST
Agree with Seil on the BYPASS pruners. Blades that work like scissors do. Never Anvil. I'm not sure what those are even good for.

Also -- yes -- for thick, woody canes, you will need loppers -- and a pruning saw is another very good thing to have. The FISKARS saws shown here:
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Ou...

are a good example.
Β SoCal - Sunset zone 23β˜€οΈ (Zone 10a)
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_Bleu_
Nov 24, 2018 6:31 PM CST
Thank You! all very much. I'm glad I've been using the right pruners Smiling and thanks for that link, Jerijen, I do need to get a good pruning saw.
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