Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:33
Tracey, I've been pruning roses for years, but not always very well! This year I have a metal problem as the roses are shooting and making leaves earlier than usual and I'm having problems cutting them off when they should be cut off. Too soft hearted perhaps, but have to grit teeth and get on with it!
How do you cut off something that looks like this? But you will get better flowers if you do.
When we say 3rd bud it means that is where the leaves grow out. If the bud hasn't started growing you should be able to see a little line, maybe with a slight bump, on the stem where the leaves will start growing.
Again the photo isn't where I put it, trying to edit, but it won't budge!