Gardeners To Do List For February
Prune all standard roses, except climbing varieties, by about 50% by mid February.
If you prune high you will get more flowers earlier, if you prune low you will get fewer bigger, flowers later.
1-Prune to remove weak and crisscrossing canes
Removing growth an inch below a canker
Removal of damaged, dead, or broken canes back to healthy growth
Removing sucker growth as close as possible to main root.
2-Prune to an outside bud." The basic technique for most pruning is to cut 1/4 inch above the nearest outward-facing bud with the cut at a 45-degree angle (the higher point above the bud).
3-When pruning is completed remove any old foliage left on the canes and clean ground area very well..
4-The final product of your pruning should be a rose bush about 18 to 24 inches tall with 4 to 8 canes. Add some fertilizer and regular pest spraying, and that pitiful looking rose bush will soon give you a shower of flowers.