From my experience talking to people who grow roses in Malaysia, I can conclude 2 things about pruning roses here:
- There are people who prune their roses; some for the right reasons and some for the wrong reasons.
- There are people who don’t prune their roses at all; some don’t even know a thing call ‘deadheading’, let alone pruning.
People who prune their roses for the right reasons have educated themselves about pruning and know very clear the advantages of pruning, briefly:
- To promote healthy, vigorous stem growth
- To remove dead and diseased wood
- To open the center of the plant and promote good air circulation
- To help maintain an attractive and well-balanced shape plant
While some know how to prune, majority are in the grey area when it comes to how much to prune, when to prune, which roses to prune, and what to accomplish from pruning (besides the 4 good reasons listed above).
Some others are totally unaware that certain roses require no pruning at all when one considers certain time of the year and certain plant age.
People who prune their roses for the wrong reasons have these in mind:
- Pruning is a cultural practice. They follow blindly because their nurseryman or some internet articles told them so (which writer grows 500 bush of roses in California but have no clue whatsoever about growing roses in Malaysia)
- Some equate pruning to deadheading, some equate it to ‘togel’ling (defoliating) the plant
- Some do not know the differences between light pruning and heavy pruning and the use of each
- Some prune when their roses are in trouble in hope to rejuvenate them, or to get rid of pests
Some of the issues above I will address in due time but let’s go slow and start at ground zero since most of us, including myself, are fairly new at growing roses - and pruning.
Since this topic is fairly long, I am splitting the post so you'll have easy time reading, so catch me again this week on this series - The science behind pruning.
Thanks for reading.
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