Pruning Rose Bushes

On another subject other than trees, let’s talk about making your rose bushes look great. I know that some may look as big as a tree when not pruned for a while.

To novice gardeners, the very thought of how they need to learn how to prune rose bushes if they are to raise healthy and vibrant flowering bushes, is a scary thought. To them, rosebush pruning kind of sounds like brain surgery. In fact, search on the gardening forums on the Internet, and you’ll find that there are way more people asking about how to prune rose bushes then there are asking how to plant them in the first place.

One wonders why this should be such a scary thought to all these gardeners. The pruning part is actually quite a simple thing. If you’re not so sure about what parts to cut, just leave the parts you’re not sure of, alone, That’s it.

Now pruning certainly is an important thing when it comes to the health of a rose bush. It isn’t just control over the outward look of your rosebush. It makes for healthier blooming. With a rosebush, the first couple of years are the most productive, as far as the roses are concerned. They become less and less productive each year, starting then. So if you want to really see the most flowers possible in the couple of years that you have, you really need to learn how to prune rose bushes well.

pruning rose bushes

The first thing you want to learn about pruning is when to do it. Rosebushes will only bloom in spring. What this means is that winter is the best time to get those pruning shears out. When your rosebushes are dormant and you haven’t even done your first fertilizer application, that’s when you need to put your pruning shears to work.

A word about those shears – it wouldn’t do to get ones with blunt or tacky edges. You need sharp, quality ones. A pair of handheld pruning shears should cost you about $50 if you go to the high-end of the market. They really are worth it – they’ll provide you with clean cuts and excellent control.

A clean cut it is important for the health of your bushes. They’ll heal over far more quickly this way. You don’t need to worry about pruning those bushes in their first year. They aren’t going to be spread out enough by then for you want to do this. The second year, you’ll probably need to do only a minimal amount of pruning, depending on how much the bushes grow. The third year onwards, you will really need to dig in.

In the most regular and unambitious pruning, you’ll only twigs and branches that appear diseased or dead. You will also look for extremely tangled branches and try to get things to some order with a bit of pruning.