Moderate or light pruning are better approaches for Southern Arizona rose growers. Moderate pruning thins the plant to five to twelve canes, 18 - 24 inches high (see Figure 1), and results in a larger plant that shades the ground and suffers less from heat injury. 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.
Sep 21, Prune adult, hybrid ever-blooming roses between January and February. Make all of your pruning cuts at a degree angle. Pruned canes should be cut roughly 1/4 inch above the nearest outward-facing bud at an angle that slants away from the bud.
Don't be afraid to prune hard. Ever-blooming roses, as a general rule, are pruned back hard in early spring. Pruning roses is a must-do job for spring. Your plants will reward you with beautiful blooms and vigorous health that helps ward off disease.
This article provides the basics of rose pruning, but check with your local OSU Extension office if you have additional questions. Planting bare root roses Soak entire rose bush in water for h Dig hole inches wide and deep to accommodate root ball Add 1 cup sulfur and 1 cup triple superphosphate and mix with soil Fill hole with cone shape of native soil: forest mulch or of native soil: compost.
Species Roses, Old Roses, and Once-Blooming Shrub Roses. Generally hardier then other roses, these more primitive types bloom first on old wood mid-summer; re-bloomers repeat on the current season’s growth. In early spring, remove diseased, broken, or dead branches. After flowering, prune lightly and selectively to shape the bushes and. Remove each spent flower of ever-blooming rose bushes by making a diagonal cut ¼ inch above the next bud down the stem.
Use long-handled, scissor-type pruners to cut back the lateral canes that bloomed in the summer, reducing them to two or three eyes per cane.