Look at this Rainbow’s End rose bush!
This plant has so many different color blooms and it is just an incredible addition to your landscape.
When pruning roses you want to keep them somewhat compact, and remove the dead flowers because if you don’t remove the dead flowers then the plant concentrates its energy on making seeds and you really want the energy to go into making more rosebuds.
Roses are a little more finicky than other plants in your landscape. They are a favorite delicacy for Japanese Beetles and many other leaf chewers. They also need to be nourished with the proper fertilizer to keep them producing flowers all year long. Roses are also susceptible to: Black spot, powdery mildew, and Botrytis blight. Other diseases are rust, cankers, crown gall, wilt, and viruses.
On my roses, I use Bayer All-in-One Advanced Rose and Flower Care. It contains an insecticide and disease control as well as fertilizer. The beauty of this product is that it is “systemic”, meaning it is absorbed through the roots and transported throughout the plant internally.
Now here is less compact rose bush that is going to need pruning after I snip off the flower blooms.
You really don’t want to leave the entire branch after you snip off the rose because the plant will send out another branch and flower shoot really misshaping your rose bush.
You want to keep the bush as compact as you can. After snipping off the rose, I will cut down to right above the next branch-break. (watch the video here) If you cut too far above the branch -break, the tip will get brown and die; an invitation for disease and pests. Every time you cut off a rose blossom, cut the plant down, all throughout the growing season.
In the fall you will want to cut it way down. Try to cut the bush into a nice shape so in the spring you will get a nice batch of new growth.
Roses are relatively easy to grow, you just have to take the proper care of them!