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How to Prune Floribunda Roses

By Sharon Sweeny ; Updated September 21, 2017

Floribunda roses grow a cluster of blooms at the end of lateral branches which grow out from the main canes. The more you prune your floribunda, the more blooms it will produce later in the summer. The best time to prune floribunda roses is in late winter or early spring, before the plant begins active growth for the season.

Remove any canes that are dead or diseased looking.

Prune out any canes that are growing across another one. Choose between the two crossing canes, keeping the one that is growing toward the outside of the bush.

Cut out any other canes that are growing toward the interior of the plant.

Remove canes that are smaller in diameter than a pencil.

Cut back all remaining canes by one-third of their length.


Things You Will Need

  • Rose pruning shears


  • Make pruning cuts just above an outer-facing bud. Look for small bumps on the cane. These buds are where new branches emerge.
  • Be certain that you are making your pruning cuts into healthy rosewood. If the wood of the cane looks dead at the point you pruned it, cut back further until you find live, green wood.

About the Author


Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.