June is a busy month for gardeners as it is a time where several plants need pruning, including roses, rhododendrons and wisteria. Sharing advice to his latest blog post, Monty Don shared top tips for deadheading roses, and how often it should be done.
Monty wrote: “Deadheading roses is really worth doing at least once a week, and preferably daily, in mid-summer.
“When you deadhead, you are effectively pruning and thus stimulating fresh side shoots which will bear new flower buds.
“This will therefore extend the flowering season.”
Blooms can last on average two weeks on the plant.
“When they have finished flowering, and for most of us that is around the middle of June, it is the best time to prune all this year’s new shoots back to a spur.
“Leave no more than about six inches of growth.
“In the process, the whole plant can be tidied, trained and tied in so that there are no loose, trailing shoots.
“If there is any doubt about how hard to prune, err on the side of cutting too lightly.”
Then, in the New Year, when the foliage has died back, Monty recommended pruning again.
He added: “Reduce each side shoot to just two or three inches.”