Sunday, November 4, 2007

Pruning

I pruned my rose bushes today. I really don't have any idea what I'm doing... I probably killed them. I had to search for help online, and none of the instructions were really clear enough to make me feel confident that I wasn't ruining things, so I probably did. One site said to prune off a third to half of the existing plant. That seemed like a bit much, so I pruned off more like a quarter on average, and even that seemed like a lot once I swept all of the removed branches into a big pile. It just seems so strange cutting off all of the freshest, newest-looking parts of the bush.

Oh well. We'll see what happens. I skipped two of my bushes because they're still blooming, so if I screwed up the rest of them, I guess I've got a couple backups.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You really worry too much about your roses. I highly doubt you did any damage to them.

nyomi said...

I'm pretty sure you didn't do anything damaging to them...but what made you decide to prune your roses now? Is it pruning season?

Travis said...

The two main sites I've been paying attention to regarding rose care suggested that for "mild climates," you should prune in November, and stop deadheading in September or October, so that's what I've been doing. Pruning season is in the spring in colder climates.

nyomi said...

Then you consider Seattle to be "mild"? I'm somewhat surprised, but I guess hailing from Phoenix gives me a different set of norms for weather.

Travis said...

Yeah, it rarely snows or gets below freezing. The temperature range is FAR smaller here than in Nebraska, and it's much warmer in the winter. I definitely consider this area to be "mild."