Pruning a rose plant, which should be done in the late winter or early spring, involves trimming back the brown and wilting branches. Trim back and thin out a rose bush to promote new growth in the spring and summer with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on roses.
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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to prune rose plants. Now roses will come up and do well as long as they get sun, good drainage and enough moisture. And they're really easy to grow almost anywhere. Now there are some that are more disease-resistant and don't get the black spots; so then there's some that get black spots real easily. So when I'm selecting varieties I always like to get advice from others as to when it's going to be the strongest in these varieties. So now pruning is really whacking your plant back. Trimming is giving it a haircut, but pruning is truly whacking it. Now I have found that roses love to be pruned especially in the summertime because it'll encourage new growth and you'll get lots more blooms through the fall. So if you don't prune at all, they still look good; but you won't get half as many blooms as if you whack them. So the rule of thumb is don't prune more than one third of the plant at any one time because it might shock it and you don't want to prune into the wood. You're going to want to make sure there's leaves on the plant where you're cutting down to 'cause if you're cutting down the wood, it will not grow again. You got to have those leaves. And so I have found too, whatever looks like a medusa, you want to cut out and when you're cutting them, make sure that you cut them at a point where the stem meets a leaf and cut them at an angle. And so that way it will fill in and shoot up more starts much easier. And so you wanted to just keep pruning it back and I've got into the point that I'm not that strict about making sure it's exactly it align; I just love to trim my plants back 'cause the more you trim them the more flowers you can get through the fall. So I just continually trim and trim and trim and especially then you can see there are more fresher roses too. I want to trim out all the older roses and you just trim back and you can keep doing it anytime of the year. The best time to really prune back your roses is in the spring before they really get going. And so they have a little more protection over the winter; I'll just kind of clean this up, uniform; make it look good through the winter, then really whack it back in the spring so that it will come up really lush for the next year. It's as easy as that.