Pruning rose bush shrubs, technique and timing

Yellow rose cut and pruned with a secateur

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.

Our video advice on rose bush shrub pruning tips

See also:

Smart tip about pruning roses

Don’t stop at only light pruning: drastic pruning tends to make your rose tree more vigorous.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Yellow rose being pruned by Arturs Budkevics under Pixabay license
Beautiful salmon red rose (also on social media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work