How to Prune Rose Bushes

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

Pruning Floribunda

Pruning Floribunda

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.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 1: Remove the Dead and Diseased

Hybrid Care

Hybrid Care

When pruning hybrid teas, remove any shoots that are dead, diseased, weak, or crossing shoots from the center of the bush.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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: Trim Main Stems

Reduce Main Stems

Reduce Main Stems

When pruning hybrid teas, reduce the main stems to 8-12 inches above the ground, cutting back to a healthy, outward-facing bud. Hybrid teas respond well to a drastic pruning.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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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