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No-Thorn Rose Cutting

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A rose is a rose is a…ouch! Here’s some advice on painless rose picking and pruning…

When you’re pruning or harvesting roses or any thorny plant, use kitchen tongs to hold the branches out of your way—this will prevent the thorns from pricking your fingers and/or scratching your arms.

Best way to cut roses: Look for the uppermost five-leaflet branch, and cut the stem above it. By doing this, you can expect an abundant regrowth of more roses. Cut below that branch, and the new shoot may be flowerless.

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting “cures from the cupboard.” They are authors of Bottom Line’s Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line’s Household Magic and of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips. Date: June 2, 2016 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic
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