How to Deadhead a Rose Bush


Deadheading, the process of removing spent flowers from a bush, is a healthy gardening habit. Deadheading rose bushes keeps their appearance neat and fresh, and encourages the bush to put energy into new blooms.

Step 1

Grasp one dead flower head in one hand and pull slightly away from the bush.

Step 2

Clip the stem just below the flower head.

Step 3

Repeat steps 1 and 2 on all the dead flower heads on the rose bush.

Step 4

Deadhead weekly throughout the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening clippers
  • Gardening gloves


  • Deadheading Roses from Rose Magazine
  • Deadheading Roses Video from Rose Magazine
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Annie Mueller is a writer, editor, professional blogger, website designer, and tutor. She attended Missouri Baptist College and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Mississippi State University, with a Summa Cum Laude standing. She has written extensively on gardening, parenting, education, and personal growth for women.