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Use bypass pruners to remove spindly growth (canes about as big around as a pencil) and suckers. You can also use them to remove any unwanted foliage from the canes. Prune thick canes with long-handled loppers. Shrub roses can be pruned with electric hedge trimmers.

Simply trim off about a third of the growth.

Most gardeners say that the best time to do a major pruning is during the last phase of winter dormancy.

Remove woody old canes using a pruning saw. Saw off the old canes. Advice from our horticulturist when the Rose Garden turned 30"Be brave." Tom Soulsby says it's the best advice he has for rose gardeners. As the senior horticulturist at the Rose Garden- which celebrated its 30th 2043 Hingham MA in Tom knows how to deal with roses at every stage of their lives: young and old, tended and in need of pruning, healthy and not. Aug 01, Old rose bush looks awful, pruning ideas please.

rubyem Posts: 2. August in Problem solving. I am a very amateur been keen to learn gardener. The rose plant in the front garden is very old (c. 60 yrs possibly), thorny and leggy.

I want to prune it so it looks healthy, less thorny and beautiful but I don't know what to do. Is there anything. Feb 13, Prune to the height you want your rose bush to be, keeping a fairly consistent height throughout. If it is in the back of a border, leave it a little higher; for the front of a border, trim lower.

For hybrid teas in particular, the lower you prune, the bigger the flower and longer the stem - good for cutting and exhibiting. Pruning for this rose bush should be done in early spring or late fall.

Roses seem to respond well to pruning so either would work. Prune at an angle and follow each rose down to the base of the long stem. Cut about 1/4 inch away from the main trunk. Be mindful of any new budding stems, if the stem looks like it is budding its best to skip that stem.