How to Prune Hybrid Roses

Bush roses include hybrid teas and floribundas, both of which need to be cut back hard each year to encourage new growth.

Pruning Floribunda

Pruning Floribunda

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To prune floribunda roses, cut the main shoots back to about a third of their length, and trim any remaining healthy sideshoots by about two thirds.

From: DK Books - Learn to Garden
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Step 1: Trim Weak Shoots

Hybrid Care

Hybrid Care

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove any shoots that are dead, diseased, weak, or crossing shoots from the center of the bush to leave an open symmetrical framework from which new shoots can arise.

Step 2: Prune Main Stems

Reduce Main Stems

Reduce Main Stems

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Reduce the main stems to 8–12 in (20–30 cm) above the ground, cutting back to a healthy, outward-facing bud—hybrid tea roses respond well to drastic pruning. After a few weeks, new shoots will appear, eventually producing an abundance of blooms.

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