Gardeners’ World: Monty Don shares the ‘correct way’ to prune roses

Monty Don shares tips for pruning roses

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Gardeners’ World will return tonight for the seventh episode of its 2021 series. Monty Don, who began presenting the show in 2003, will be discussing how to grow Mediterranean herbs and plants lily bulbs for a summer scent. The gardening expert will also be showing viewers how to begin sowing seeds for salad root crops at Longmeadow.

In a 2020 episode of Gardeners’ World, Monty shared the “correct way” to prune roses.

Monty said it’s a frequently asked question but that there isn’t necessarily a “correct” way.

He said: “I suspect that after slugs and snails, the question asked most is the correct way to print roses and the truthful answer is there is no correct way.

“Roses are tough plants. Think of them as a bramble.

“You can hack them, you can bash them, you can slash them and they’ll just come back for more.

“But certain roses do need to be pruned at certain times.”

Monty showed viewers a variety of roses growing in some shaded woodland.

He said these particular roses are a known as a “species rose” that have adapted to grow in some shade and in relatively poor soil.

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He continued: “We have rosa dupontii. And you know if it’s a species rose if it’s only for a Latin name.

“If it’s got any kind of English name, even thought there’s a Latin name as well, then it is not a true species.

“A species rose is simply one that grows in the wild.

“They all invariably have simple flowers. This you can see with dupontii, it’s got pretty, little, very, very pale pink flowers with a yellow centre.

“Perfect for pollinators. Those flowers are flowering on last year’s growth which means that if I prune these in spring there will be no flowers on them.

“So it’s important that I do my pruning immediately after the flowering is finished which in this case is about now or in a few weeks time.”

The gardening expert said when you prune them, you should go right down to the base.

That will let light and air into the centre of the shrub.

Doing this will also stimulate new growth which will start in a week or two.

They will then continue to grow for the rest of this summer and may well bear flowers next year.

Monty added: “As well as having what I think are really charming beautiful flowers, many of them go on to develop into dramatic rose hips and the hips are truly decorative in autumn.

“You don’t want to cut off where the flowers have been unless you mind going without the hips.

“But species roses are meant to look wild so don’t try and contain and train them.”

Gardeners’ World airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

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