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Arizona Gardeners: Pruning roses to keep bushes healthy, producing quality flowers

Pinal County Cooperative Extension

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 1:00 am

Rick Gibson, UA Cooperative Extension

The time to prune rose bushes is just about up so if you still have not done that chore, you need to set it as a priority. However, don’t just go out and whack away at the bush. In order to produce good quality flowers, pruning has to be done correctly! Pruning is a critical step in the proper management of roses. Done properly, the plant flourishes. Done improperly, the plant can slowly dwindle and decline. Before you get out the pruning tools though, let’s take a moment and talk about some basic principles. Pruning is an art as much as a science, and just like an artist, you have to have the end product in mind. Hybrid teas and grandifloras are pruned to one style and floribundas, polyanthas and many of the shrub roses must be pruned to another. In the case of roses, so one size does not fit all.