How To Dead Head Roses

How To Dead Head Roses

Roses need to be 'dead-headed' throughout their flowering season. This process involves removing dead flowers to encourage new ones to grow. Steve Redman from Holland Park in London takes VideoJug through the technique and shows you how to dead head roses.

Step 1: You will need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Sharp secateurs
  • A bin or garden trug

Step 2: Cut back

Look out for flowers that have become brown and shrivelled. Cut back the stems of these flowers by about 20 centimetres. The cut should be made at about a 45 degree angle, so that rain can drain off the stem rather than sitting on top and rotting the plant. The cut should be parallel to the angle the shoot comes out of the ground. To stop the bare stem from dying, cut the stem a few millimetres above a side shoot. Use the whole of the blade to get a clean cut.


This process will help your roses stay strong, healthy and flowering well.