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Why it is so important to prune roses

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There are very good reasons to prune your roses, says Grahame Barker, Manager of the Outlook Nursery. Roses are not like trees. They do not grow from a main trunk. Instead they continuously have new growth from their base. “Over time the older stems receive less sap flow, become twiggy and eventually stop blooming,” says Grahame.

The older branches will eventually start to die off. The solution is to remove the older stems on a regular basis. This ensures that the plant puts its energy into the younger growths. The result will be a fresher looking bush, with lots of blooms.

The Outlook Wholesale Nursery produces stock that is sold at the Outlook Market Recycle Shops in Mornington, Hampton Park and Darebin.