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I have had a white carpet rose for several years which has done very well. It has spread and has required little attention - doesn't even seem to attract those dratted Japanese beetles. I have never done much deadheading of the spent blossoms - too much other stuff to do (working long hours - garden seems to get the leftover time). It has so many blossoms all the time. This weekend I got another carpet rose - an amber (yellow/amber) one. So my question is: do you folks deadhead carpet roses or just leave all those blossoms for nature to take care of?
Porkpal: Wow - that sets a high bar to emulate. I may have to set the goal of doing faithful deadheading after Dec 2011 (RETIREMENT - if I last that long). I have all kinds of resolutions about being a really good gardener when I can get out there every day instead of just a few minutes in the evening and on weekends. Good housekeeping of the roses will be at the top of the list.
I deadhead my roses also. It goes very quickly, once you get started. I hold a small clipper in one hand and catch the dropped flower heads with a little pail. Sometimes I slip the pail down on my wrist.
Even if you manage to deadhead most of the roses most of the time even if you miss a few hard to get blossoms, your roses should bloom more and your garden will look tidier. You'll also notice any insect and disease problems before they get out of hand.
I have a couple of red carpet roses, and unfortunately I do nothing with them. Period. They don't seem to care and bloom profusely every year. It's probably just a matter of opinion whether to deadhead them or not.