How to prune dead roses from the rose bush without killing the plant?

Question by phyllis d: How to prune dead roses from the rose bush without killing the plant?
How do I prune dead roses from the rose bush without killing the plant

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Answer by renegadesail
Clip the stem were the leaves are in a pattern of three, this will not hurt your plaint and it will make it bloom faster.

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3 comments

  1. Use very sharp BY-PASS pruners. From the rose apple count down to the second group of 5 leaves……any thing higher on stem wont make a flower. Feed roses twice month with compost tea w/seaweed. And monthly with fertilizer that has alfalfa meal in it.

  2. The great thing about roses is that you can do everything wrong and they will still survive for the most part. They look a lot better if you do it right though.

    Use a good quality clipper with a sharp blade. A “bypass” (where one blade passes by a “hook” section) type, not an anvil pruner that mashes the stem.
    http://img2.timeinc.net/toh/i/a/tools/hand-pruners-02.jpg

    The other posters are right, follow the stem down to where there are sets of 5 leaflets, and snip right above the second set. Or farther down if you want a longer stem, when cutting flowers to put in a vase.

    And Steve means to clean the clippers blades with lysol, and then to re-oil the blade with WD-40, to keep them from spreading disease and rusting. (I just wanted to clarify that Steve, no criticism)

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