Neglecting an essential November job for roses could leave you with no flowers

Monty Don shares tips for pruning roses

November is a time many gardeners will be spending more time indoors away from the cold weather, but they keep an eye on their roses, as fungal diseases can sprout up this time of year. 

Black spot is one of the most serious diseases found in roses which will cause darkened spots on the leaves on the rose plant and then will eventually begin to shed. It is commonly spread in damp weather conditions, which are more likely in the autumn and wintertime. 

While it is unlikely to kill a rose bush, it will make roses very vulnerable to other diseases, attract pests and can greatly weaken flowers, making it less likely they will survive the upcoming frosty weather. 

It can be very difficult to get rid of black spot once it is in a garden, but luckily it is very easy to prevent it and keep roses healthy. 

Hannah Rowson, the assistant manager at Parkers Garden Centre Mottram has said roses can be pruned in November as an effective way to “prevent diseases.”

Hannah took to J. Parkers social media page to explain the best way to prune roses this time of year. She said: “Prune [roses] between November and late February, maybe March. Just when it’s dormant and before it grows any new buds.”

She explained that when pruning, it is important that the centre of the rose plant is as open as possible in order to allow air circulation, which is an effective way to prevent diseases. 

Hannah said: “Assess whether there are any dead branches, any diseased branches or any damaged ones, and remove these straight away. This will prevent further dieback.

“Another thing to bear in mind is any crossing branches because these may become damaged as they grow later on.” 

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To begin, make sure your secateurs are sharp and clean. Prune at a 45-degree angle away from any rose buds, which are small bumps along the stem on the plant. 

Hannah said: “That means that when it rains, the water will drain away from the new bud, and it won’t rot off.” 

The experts at Garden Design have also said that roses should be pruned by cutting them above an outward-facing bud on the rose plant. 

Stems grow in the direction of buds, and encouraging them to grow outwards will also help encourage air-flow and make sure your roses stay healthy this winter. 

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