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How to Prune Flower Carpet Rose II
Hi, I'm Dave Epstein. This is Growing Wisdom. Today, we’re going to talk about caring for your flower carpet roses in the spring. Of course flower carpet roses are the carefree rose, so that means not much care even in the spring but there are still a few things you need to do in order to keep them as healthy as they possibly can be. You want those blooms going all the way from late spring through until frost and here is how to do it.
There are really three things you want to do in early spring to your flower carpet roses, clean, cut and feed. The cleaning part involves just taking away any of the leaves that have fallen off the plant or come from around your yard. Get the area underneath the rose all nice and neat. The reason we’re cleaning up underneath the rose one, it looks better and two, if there are any disease spores, we want to get rid off them. The great thing about flower carpet roses, they’re just not susceptible to many of the rose diseases however, we’re not going to chance it. So we’re going to cleanup the area.
Number two, we’re going to cut. This is great part. You don’t have to be that precise about where you cut. You don’t have to use the pruners. You can actually use shears. The rose isn't going to know the difference. if you look at your flower carpet rose and you're ready to prune and you think it might be dead, just give it a little scratch, your finger nail on the bark, you'll see some green underneath. Where it's green, it's still alive and guess what, you're going to get leaves and eventually flowers.
So when it's time to cut you want, you want to take off about two thirds of the plant. If your plant is 12 inches high, take off eight inches. If your plant is 24 inches, take off 16.
One last point, let’s say you live somewhere where it's fairly mild and your roses have already started to leaf out for the year, you can still cut them back. Don’t worry about it. You can cut them back when they’re dormant like this or when they have some new leaves out. It's not a problem. Our goal is to get the plants to be nice and bushy and full of blossoms. So, it really doesn’t matter if they started to leaf out just a little bit.
The last thing you want to do is feed the roses. You'll do this twice during the course of the year, once now in early spring and once during the middle part of the summer. You can use a time-released rose food or any slow-released fertilizer will work. That’s the key, slow-released so it feeds it over a longer period of time.
Finally, it doesn’t matter where you live, it's always a good idea to put down a little bit of mulch around your roses, that will help keep the weeds down and the moisture in. That’s it. You're done. It's time to just sit back and enjoy the flower carpet roses. Once they bloom, they're not going to stop until it gets really cold. Flower carpet roses, the carefree rose, super easy. I love having them in my garden. Come back every week for all of our tips, hints and helps here at Growing Wisdom.