How to Prune a Chicago Rose Plant


Chicago Rose is a variety of scented pelargonium (Pelargonium graveolens). It grows to be quite large and bushy with deep pink flowers. When touched, the leaves of the Chicago rose emit a soft, rose scent that makes this plant popular in a home garden or potpourri. The size of the Chicago rose bush can be controlled by pruning at any time of the year in its USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10.

Step 1

Cut off the tips of each branch during the growing season.

Step 2

Cut the branches back to the last pair of leaves, nearest the main branch. They should be 3 to 4 inches long after pruning.

Step 3

Water the Chicago rose plant heavily, until the water puddles, after pruning.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Pruning shears
  • Hedge trimmers


  • The Pelargonium & Geranium Society: Pelargonium Basics
  • The United States National Arboretum: This is Pelargonium 'Chicago Rose'
  • North Dakota State University: Question on Geranium
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
Keywords: prune Chicago Rose, prune pelargonium, prune geranium

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