The Dark LadyTips on Growing Beautiful Roses #4 : Roses need deadheading. Deadheading simply means cutting off the spent blooms to encourage new blooms. It shouldn't be confused with pruning which is cutting the plant down to 1/3 of its size in wintertime. It's all about where you want the energy to go to when it comes to roses. Often times if spent flowers are not deadheaded, the plant will use its energy to produce rosehips, which often happens in the autumn or winter. I find rosehips on some of my roses in summer when I haven't been deadheading them diligently. The result is less flowers! So the remedy is to cut off all spent flowers, you'll find new shoots appearing in two to three weeks, which should lead to more flowers. So have I been deadheading my roses? No! Not very consistently lately. Ah, well, will have to go and catch up now..............have a great day everyone, tata!