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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