Deadheading Roses

The phrase “deadheading” at first sounds both complicated and mysterious. The word alone�”deadheading” sounds archaic. And it is. Gardeners have been deadheading roses and other flowering plants, for centuries. But if you ever wanted to understand the correct procedure for deadheading roses then read this article to learn more

What is deadheading anyway?

Deadheading is a very old term for what is actually a simple pruning process to remove the spent flowers or the “dead”  “heads” from plants. All species of flowering plants have one single goal: to bloom, let the blooms die back and then spread their seeds to reproduce. Some species of roses are “self cleaning”: the heads fall off as soon as they turn brown. But with other roses the flower “head” stays on a very long time before finally withering and dropping off.

Deadheading for a longer blooming season

The natural flowering cycle is to bloom, fade away and set out seeds. Deadheading causes the plant to grow more and more flowers to replace those that have been removed. So the more you “deadhead” your roses, the more blooms you will have. This trick is just not good for getting your roses to bloom for longer periods but is also makes for a healthy plant.

Pruning for appearance

Many perennials, like roses have flowers that turn brown and ugly when they die back and your planting bed can take on a shaggy or unkempt appearance when your roses have row after row of unsightly plant tops. So by removing these old heads you will greatly improve the overall look of your rosebeds.

Deadheading roses for health

As rose buds grow, bloom and turn brown and die, they make excellent breeding grounds for various molds, mildews and diseases roses can be prone to.Deadheading your roses frequently and cleaning up all the old leaves and browned heads helps control many of the diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew and botrytis blight.

Pruning for to prevent seeding

Another excellent reason for deadheading roses is to prevent the germination of seeds. Huh? I know you never see any “rose seeds” in your garden store do you? But after the petals and head falls off a rose hip or seedpod appears. These seeds can grow into unrecognizable offspring vastly different from the parent plants! So deadheading stops this potential problem.

Basic Rose Care

Roses are not as difficult to grow as people make them out to be, if you know and understand how to care for them. While rose care can be slightly time-consuming, which is why advanced rose gardeners are often people who work from home or who have more leisure time. But even someone with a busy lifestyle can learn basic rose care if they do these simple tips:Feed heavy and frequently. Roses need lots of fertilizer. Fertilize every 6 weeks until the first sign of frost.

Plant roses in loose, very well drained soil (they don’t like wet roots) with lots of organic matter. Keep covered with good compost.Water, water, water. Roses need lots water, even in the winter months. You will know if you over water if the bottom leaves turn limp and yellow.

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