How to Prune Roses So They Bloom Like Never Before!

Learn how to prune roses by following the simple steps I will share with you in this article. If you do, then, your roses will bloom like never before.

The best way to boost the overall health of your plant is through an effective pruning process. 

When this is done, then you don’t have to worry about any other thing. Given the perfect soil and weather conditions, the next flowering season will be a beautiful sight to behold. 

Let me share these tips with you right away. 

Read on to find out more about them. 

Prune Your Roses

There are tips and strategies for this. However, let me break it down by revealing the different types of roses and their pruning methods. 

They bloom more than once per year and their flowers grow on new wood. The best time to prune them is during early spring. Cut out all the excessive branches, find decayed or dead wood and cut them out. 

Afterwards, prune them into your desired shape.

Once this is done, they are ready for growth, branching out, and blooming. 

As their flowers begin to show, ensure you deadhead the first flush and continue to do this throughout summer

They are more complex than other species of roses.

These types of roses bloom on old wood during mid-summer. Prune them in early spring by removing diseased, dead and decayed branches. 

You can prune again after its flowering season is over.

Don’t do anything HARSH or DEEP. I call it “light pruning”. The goal of this is to craft out the shape you want your rose to form. Also, this helps you to control its growth.

These roses bloom on old wood. It’s advisable to prune early in the year.

Remove decayed, diseased, and dead branches.

The main pruning should happen after the peak of bloom. This is during summer


There are a few things you should keep in mind. Let me highlight them for you here as I wrap up this article:

  • Some roses are repeat bloomers. Don’t prune them until 2 years after planting. This gives them enough room to grow.
  • Begin your pruning process from the ground up. Cut out dead canes at the base of your plant – thus opening up the middle of your rose plant for adequate sunlight and proper air circulation.
  • Spot thin canes and remove them. They don’t have enough strength to produce many flowers and will disfigure the shape of your rose plant.

I have some more key points for you, take a look:

  • Watch your rose to know what type it is. If it blooms on old wood, then prune it after it blooms. On the other hand, if it blooms on new wood, then it should be pruned before the flowering season. 
  • Use sharp and clean pruning tools. This protects the health of your rose plant and helps you to achieve the desired shape.

I hope I helped you!

How (and When) to Prune Roses So They Bloom Like Never Before!

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  1. Hello, I am also in 6b in Pennsylvania, USA. I have some tree roses (Jackson and Perkins). They have developed woody areas near the stem that no longer bloom or even put out shoots. I asked Jackson and Perkins and they did not have any suggestions. Is this hopeless? Thanks

    1. Hi Pam!

      Prune back the woody areas in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Cut back to healthy wood, just above an outward-facing bud. This can stimulate new growth. But, that’t not all… Apply a balanced rose fertilizer in early spring and again in mid-summer! Thanks, then let me know if it worked!

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