How to Prune Floribunda, Shrub and Hybrid Tea Roses

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Examples of Tea Roses

‘Deep Secret’
‘Ingrid Bergman’
‘Just Joey’
‘Lovely Lady’
‘Paul Sherville’
‘Savoy Hotel’
‘Tequila Sunrise’
‘Warm Wishes’

Shrub and Species Roses

Usually flowering once on wood made in previous years, these should be pruned lightly in early spring. Thin out congested stems to improve air flow, and remove dead, weak, damaged, or diseased wood. Also prune some of the oldest stems to ground level. Cut main stems back by a quarter and slightly reduce side shoots by a few inches. These roses often grow quite tall and benefit from being cut back by a third in late autumn to prevent root damage caused by wind rock. Shorten the main stems by about a quarter to produce an open-structured framework, allowing in light and air to help prevent fungal diseases.

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Examples of Shrub and Species Roses

‘Blanche Double de Coubert’
‘Boule de Neige’
‘De Resht’
‘Graham Thomas’
‘Louise Odier’
‘Madame Isaac Pereire’
‘Madame Pierre Oger’
‘Maiden’s Blush’
Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’
‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’
‘William Lobb’

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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