Deadheading mini's

tomindenverJuly 8, 2008

I have a couple of miniature roses that have just finished the first flush of blooms. How far should I cut them back? Do I need to cut back to a 5 leaf union?

Thanks!

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cuyahogakid(z6 Ohio)

Hi tomindenver,
Some people do cut back to a 5-leaf union. I just take off the bloom and then shape the bush as needed. Some of my minis are so small that I am able to snap off the flowers or make a quick cut by dragging the spent bloom across the v shape of my scissors with my finger. Soon you will find a method that suits you.
Here is my favorite 'how to' link on growing minis.
Jim

Here is a link that might be useful: All About Miniature Roses

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 11:41PM
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tomindenver

Thank you for the advice and the link; it is a great resource!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 2:33PM
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jodik_gw

I have a few miniatures that are almost self-cleaning... once the blooms fade, the roses and their short stems of about an inch, or so, die and fall off.

Others, however, do not shed their spent blooms, and I need to remove them... I normally clip them off to the first leaf with 5 sections, as you would with any rose. Some of my smaller ones just get the spent blooms clipped off.

As of yet, I haven't done any major pruning or shaping... I've allowed them all to grow to their natural size and form. Most of them were just planted this past spring.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 5:42AM
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