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How to Revive Droopy-Headed Roses

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Droopy-headed roses occur when the flower weight gets so heavy that it begins to hang over, and the best way to enjoy the rose for as long as possible is to make a cut that will cause the bud to go off in a new direction. Trim a rose that is drooping over to produce more flowers with help from an urban horticulturist and gardening adviser in this free video on growing roses.


Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr Green Thumb. If you've got roses, occasionally you're going to get some kind of droopy headed roses. It just happens, it occurs. Normally the plant tends to grow out and the flower weight gets to be so heavy that it just tends to kind of hang over. We've got it on this new bud here, of course we have it on this kind of older spent flower here. Now you want to enjoy your flowers as long as you can. But when you do have one that's kind of just leaning over as this is, you probably want to come in and take your cutters, pick an area about an eighth of an inch above a bud and trim it right along about a 45 degree angle. Why above the bud? Well that's where it's going to break out and when it breaks out you'll have another spot and the plant will go off in that direction of the bud. So you can see we made our cut, we've got it separated from the plant. This of course you can cut off the foliage and you can bring it in as a cut flower for the home. Where we've cut off on this little spot right here is a good area where it's going to branch out. You can see the little bud and where that bud is is where it will branch from. Dead heading plants and bringing them back, getting droopy plants to come back makes roses produce more flowers so the more you trim, the better you're probably going to have flowering. For askmrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb," has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening adviser in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year" was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and he was the host of the highest-rated garden show on local PBS.