Here are the tips on how to prune your rose bush shrubs, the right timing and the pruning technique.
The pruning of a rose bush shrub is an important step that impacts the shrub’s flowering and its growth as years go by.
Season for pruning rose bush shrubs:
There are 2 pruning seasons throughout the year, and the second one is the more important of the 2.
- Fall is for light pruning that only aims to remove wilted flowers, dead wood and weaker branches.
- The end of winter or the beginning of spring is when a more drastic and final pruning is performed, most often in March. Follow the pruning tips below.
Pruning rose bush shrubs:
- Keep in mind that the purpose of the pruning is to cut the shrub short while keeping its main branches.
- It is important to reduce old fibrous branches to make way for young shoots.
- Pruning tries to keep the buds that will grow into flower-bearing branches as close as possible to the graft point.
- Try to cut around the 4th outward-facing eye.
- Also cut twigs and dead branches, and older stems, too.
Here is our video advice on rose bush shrub pruning tips:
Smart tip about pruning roses:
Don’t stop at only light pruning: drastic pruning tends to make your rose tree more vigorous.