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Deadheading carpet roses

Madison, AL

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?

Richmond, TX

I deadhead all my roses except the once - bloomers.

Madison, AL

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.

Pocono Mountains, PA(Zone 6a)

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.

Fayetteville, AR(Zone 6b)

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.

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