How to Prune Overgrown Miniature Roses

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To prune overgrown miniature roses, cut them back one third each year after the plant is done blooming in the late fall. Trim dead branches on miniature roses to encourage new growth with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to prune overgrown miniature roses. Now miniature roses are so cute when you buy them, they're just tiny and dainty and they don't get very big. And they bloom so well. And then you plant them in the ground and they just kind of take over and they just get huge. And you still get lots of beautiful blooms on them, but they just get lanky and Medusa-like and you don't know what to do with them. Well the best time to prune them is in the late fall, so after they're done blooming. So this is just about done blooming right now, so it would be a good time to prune them. You can actually prune them any time of the year, sometimes I even prune my roses in the late summer because then they fill in lush and I get more blooms for the fall. But they're still easy to prune no matter what. My trick is don't prune it back more than one third at a time each year. So if you have an overgrown rose like this, I would just hack it back about one third. So the whole plant I would just hack it back so two thirds of the plant is remaining. And try to make it a little more of a circular shape so it's not just a Medusa being wild on you. And water it really well and at the same time I try to trim out any of the dead branches and kind of thin it out so it's not so thick and that way it will get lush, new growth in the middle of it in the spring, and it will fill out and look really good for the next year. So even if you pruned it to the ground, it might come back but I still try to leave two thirds of the plant at a time, just so that it will be lush and green for the next year and I don't risk losing it.