Deadheading roses is very easy and is important to do to get the most out of your rose bushes. Deadheading is simply a term for the removal of finished flower heads. Deadheading not only neatens up the appearance of the rose but, with repeat flowering varieties, it encourages further blooms throughout the season.
If faded flowers are left on the plant it can delay the production of new shoots below the old flower cluster, so removing them will speed up nature’s process.
See: How to plant roses – the essential guide
How to deadhead roses
To deadhead roses you will need a pair of gardening gloves and some good secateurs or deadheading snips.
Deadheading can be done in two stages:
As the individual blooms in a cluster fade these can simply be snapped off by hand directly beneath the flowerhead.
Removing these individually as they go over will maintain the display and will give back buds more room to bloom.
See: Rose garden ideas – for a colorful and sweetly scented outdoor space
When all the flowers on a cluster have gone over then the whole truss can be removed. Trace the stem back to the first leaf joint, and using secateurs, snip off the cluster just above this point. This will also improve the overall shape of the rose.
See: How to take rose cuttings – tips for propagating roses
If your rose is a hip-producing rose then you may not want to deadhead the blooms, as hips can bring decorative interest and color to the autumn garden. Deadheading finished blooms on hip-producing roses will prevent the hips from forming.
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