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How to Prune Rose Bushes

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

When plants are trimmed, the diseased parts are removed, and pruning roses involves doing just this, as well as maintaining the shape of the plant. Keep the stem of a rose healthy with help from an urban horticulturist and gardening adviser in this free video on growing roses.


Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr Green Thumb. So you want to trim back roses or keep them in shape. Well in general we do two things when we trim a plant. We trim off any of the diseased part of the plant any die back which roses get into or if we want to keep the overall shape of the plant to a certain form or shape. Now in this case here we've got an old rose plant that may be we need to trim it back just a bit. We want to take off the old flower. So when you do that, you can also make sure that you trim it and that it's going to be a good healthy looking stem. Trim back the plant, take the stem and go ahead and trim the overall plant to whatever shape or size that you're looking for. If you do that, you can keep this plant to a good rounded shape. If the plant starts to send off long tall stems and it will, you need to trim those back near the base of the plant for best effect. Miniature roses you're only going to trim on occasion, just the little small stems. Some of the hybrid T's, you're going to trim as those stems go too far from the mother plant. But by doing this you should have a good looking plant overall. For askmrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan Defreitas.


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb," has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening adviser in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year" was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and he was the host of the highest-rated garden show on local PBS.