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.
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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.
Step 1: Remove the Dead and Diseased
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 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.