Here is how to prune rose bush shrubs, proper timing and relevant techniques.
Pruning of a shrubby rose bushes impacts the shrub’s flowering and guides growth as years go by.
Bush roses or shrub roses are a type of rose usually formed of:
- a very short stem
- from 3 to many shoots sprouting from very low, near ground level
- with lots of branching out
- and many flowers.
They’re different from climbing roses and need a different type of pruning. Read on to see how to prune bush roses!
Season for pruning rose bush shrubs
There are 2 pruning seasons throughout the year. The second one is the more important of the 2.
- Less important – Fall is for light pruning that only aims to remove wilted flowers, dead wood and weaker branches.
- More important – End of winter or the beginning of spring. This is when a more drastic and final pruning is performed, most often in very early spring (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
Smart tip about pruning roses
Don’t stop at only light pruning: drastic pruning tends to make your rose tree more vigorous.