Proper way to cut roses
I would like to know how to cut roses. Some of my roses produce multiple buds rather than single blooms for cutting. Most produce 3 buds, with the central one being largest and earliest, but others may produce 5 or 6 buds.
I try to cut blooms well down on the stem, just above an outward-facing leaf stalk. Is there another technique that produces better results? We have 5 wonderful roses but after the first flush of bloom the multiple buds appear.
When we lived in Colorado I could never grow roses because the deer would eat the buds before they could fully develop. Now that we live in Mexico, I am enjoying being able to grow and enjoy roses. We live at around 7,000 feet with almost ideal weather, though because we don't have the severe winter conditions of Colorado I assume the local roses are a little different than the ones I knew in Colorado.
I appreciate any help you can give me to solve this dilemma.
Nancy in Patzcuaro, Michoacan