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Mike, I understand your point about not worrying about where to cut.

In the summer, prune rose bushes to remove dead or diseased branches. Make the cuts one inch below the diseased branch, so only healthy wood remains.

Summer is also the time to look for any branches in the center of the bush that are growing across each other. Prune away the weaker of the branches that cross each shrubhauling.buzzg: Arlington VA. Jul 22, End of March into Nov., we live on Va.’s Eastern Shore, and I have always been a very cautious pruner, so I have these really big rose bushes.

Reply to Donna Allen 2 years ago.

The site is spectacular as you drive in the glen to our house, but, I have a feeling they should be pruned better, I never cut off the spent flowers, they just keep on shrubhauling.buzzted Reading Time: 8 mins. Advice from our horticulturist when the Rose Garden turned 30"Be brave." Tom Soulsby says it's the best advice he has for rose gardeners.

As the senior horticulturist at the Rose Garden- which celebrated its 30th anniversary in Tom knows how to deal with roses at every stage of their lives: young and old, tended and in need of pruning, healthy and shrubhauling.buzzg: Arlington VA. Nov 28, Cut back old wood about 30 to 40 percent before growth begins. Always cut to a live bud pointing away from the center of the shrub to encourage outward growth.

Start deadheading after the first flush of flower, and continue throughout the summer to encourage more blooms. Species Roses, Old Roses, and Once-Blooming Shrub RosesMissing: Arlington VA.

Check your rose bush from time to time in late winter/early spring, and when you start to see new shoots growing from the canes on your rose bush, that’s a good sign that it’s time to prune. If you want to cut back your plant less frequently, you can certainly do so, Missing: Arlington VA. Feb 13, Prune to the height you want your rose bush to be, keeping a fairly consistent height throughout. If it is in the back of a border, leave it a little higher; for the front of a border, trim lower.

For hybrid teas in particular, the lower you prune, the bigger the flower and longer the stem - good for cutting and shrubhauling.buzzg: Arlington VA. Feb 13, If you have a garden type rose bush, you may prune it down to about 12 inches, leaving about four to six main canes all leaning out from the center.

This generally produces a plant that is small in stature with a few large shrubhauling.buzzg: Arlington VA. Old rose bush looks awful, pruning ideas please.

rubyem Posts: 2. August in Problem solving. I am a very amateur been keen to learn gardener. The rose plant in the front garden is very old (c. 60 yrs possibly), thorny and leggy. I want to prune it so it looks healthy, less thorny and beautiful but I don't know what to do. Is there anything Missing: Arlington VA. Oct 21, Shrub rose bushes, like the Knock Out varieties and"The Fairy," are repeat bloomers, flowering on mature- but not old- woody stems. Leave them unpruned to increase vigor in the first two years, and then remove one-third of the oldest canes, in addition to any dead, diseased, or dying shrubhauling.buzzg: Arlington VA.