When deadheading roses, should the stem be cut at the old bud or the next leaf?

Good question! You could deadhead at either part, depending on your preference.

Easy Elegance planting and care guide for roses recommends deadheading to keep the bush producing flowers rather than rose hips. Some people are very exact at pruning roses. For those gardeners, the American Rose Society recommends deadheading just above the next set of leaves at a 45-degree angle. I probably fall in the other category of gardeners and feel it is sufficient to just get the deadheading done.

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