How to Prune Roses Step by Step. Use clean, sharp tools. Start at the bottom of the bush and work up. Prune less in the beginning.
You can always go back and cut away more unwanted growth. Most mistakes grow back just fine. Prune dead wood back to living plant tissue with an anvil pruner or lopper. Jan 17, Roses are super hearty bushes and they love to be cut down. In the fall, take off about ⅓ of each branch that you cut so your rose bush can grow healthy and tall in the spring.
You can cut your rose bush down even more if you’d like to change its shape or height%(4). Old garden roses are sometimes called heirloom roses. They are roses developed beforewhen modern hybrid tea roses were introduced. Old garden roses do not need extensive pruning in fall. Hard-pruning can ruin their shapes and reduce their flowering. In the late fall, prune roses back by about one-third of their height. This helps prevent breaking of canes in winter winds.
Climbing Roses: Old-fashioned rambling roses and one-time spring-blooming climbers produce best shoots growing off one-year-old wood, and they should not be pruned until after they flower.
Jul 22, Just re-reviewed your rose pruning video because my husband’s friend gave my beautiful roses a chop down for the fall. He did clean away a lot of dead wood. He says that I should give them a shot of fertilizer now (fall), before freezing weather (I live in Chicago), cover them with leaves and a protecting bucket (I have styrofoam rose covers).Estimated Reading Time: 8 mins.