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Rose Bush Pruning Guide


The best time to prune roses in the Birmingham, Hoover, Helena, and Pelham areas of Alabama, is in the late Winter/early Spring time.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED to get started:

  • Hand pruners for growth and branches less than ½ inch thick.
  • Good gloves
  • Heavy long sleeves


Before you get started, just be sure to prune to the height that you want your rose bush to be in order to keep a uniform height and size.
In order for your roses to thrive, it is easiest to do in the following order:

  1. Remove the leaves – You want to be able to see the stems so that you can also see and remove any pest or disease areas.
  2. Remove the dead areas – Cut the dead wood areas back to the base.
  3. Remove crossing branches/Open up the center – The crossing branches rub and can cause damage. You want to achieve an open vase like shape.
  4. Remove thin areas – if it is thinner than a pencil, you’ll want to remove it.
  5. Prune remaining areas – Cut about 1/2″ above where the leaf meets the stem. Be sure to cut at a 45 degree angle that slopes away from the bud so that water can run off.
After you have done the above steps, just clean up beneath and then feed them!

If you have any questions, need some advice or would like some help, reach out, we’re here to help!