Deadheading Roses is Good for the Plant!

Since my June 21 post on deadheading roses, the rose photographed in that post, a hybrid tea called “Silverado,” has really flourished. This is the same plant just weeks later. It’ll be my second wave of flowers this season! Notice the beautiful deep wine color of the new leaves and the many new flower buds. If you do not deadhead roses as part of your routine care of these special plants, not only is there a reduction in aesthetics in your garden, there is a corresponding reduction in new flower and leaf production. This is a fragile time when many new gardeners can give up on roses, but please be patient and reconsider. Maintenance activities, such as watering, feeding, and deadheading require modest time with practice. And practice makes perfect! Your reward for these efforts? A rose garden that you can enjoy for many, many years.
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