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How to Prune Roses Properly (5 Simple Steps)

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  • Gene Caballero
  • August 07, 2022

Look, one of the best ways to get your roses in full bloom is to prune them properly. Proper pruning of your roses, along with fertilization will stimulate growth and encourage flowers to bloom.  And your in luck, cause pruning roses is really not that big of a challenge. So how can you go about pruning your roses the right way? Start with this infographic

What are the 5 steps to pruning roses properly?

It’s simple, start with a good set of bypass pruners, but make sure they are sharp. Start by removing any “canes” that are growing inward, then cut back the remaining canes by about 2/3rds. Now you will want to remove all of the leaves from remaining canes. Finally you will want to use a good fertilizer. This infographic recommends E.B. Stone Rose Food. 

When is the best time of year to prune roses?

It’s simple. January and February are the best months to cut your roses back. While March may not be out of the question in much colder climates. 

What equipment do I need to prune roses properly?

You will want a good set of bypass pruners, pruning powder, and unless you are brave a set of long garden gloves. 

How often should I prune my rose bushes?

Rose bushes should be pruned annually in January or February. While it may not hurt them not to, you will miss out on the full potential your lovely flowering bushes have to offer. 

Why should I prune my rose bushes?

It’s simple, it stimulates growth. It also encourages blooms to form, and can be used to shape the bush. 


At the end of the day, if you love your rose bushes, prune them annually. And do so by following the simple steps laid out in this infographic. Looking for more great gardening and lawn care tips? Check out our landscaping blog, there are 100’s of articles to help you achieve the ultimate lawn and landscape.  

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