I LOVE rose pruning! I am not sure why. Maybe because I have pruned so many, that I find it easy to do. I don’t have to deliberate much on the job, I just get at it. One thing I have learned after pruning thousands of roses- it is pretty darn hard to kill a rose! There are so many ways to prune. You can be the perfectionist and get the cut at just the right angle and look for the 5 leaf cluster. . . or you can just get at it. In one month, it is doubtful you will be able to tell the difference between a rose pruned "perfectly" and a rose just cut for height.

My ONLY pet peeve though, is people who leave a lot of dead stumps at the bottom of the rose. Use a saw for pete's sake!! They look so much nicer without all that dead wood on the bottom.

I have a beautiful Mister Lincoln rose, a hybrid tea. It is about 5 years old and I have allowed it to get really tall over the years.
Here is a picture of it this spring. The books say it is generally 4 to 8 feet tall. Mine is about 6 feet tall.

Mister Lincoln about 6 feet tall.

Mister Lincoln about 6 feet tall.

I decided to prune it a bit shorter this year and so, I cut it down to about 3 feet.

Done Pruning Mister Lincoln

Done Pruning Mister Lincoln


I did find some evidence of rose cane borer.
Rose cane borer

Rose cane borer


The cane borer does not mean the ruin of your rose. In fact, sometimes I don't even cut off the hollowed out cane. I did cut down below the borer on this cane.

Here is a trusted reference- the Arizona Cooperative Extension- for more detailed information on roses and maintenance in the landscape.
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Do you have some questions on rose pruning?
Any pet peeves about how people prune or don't prune their roses? Let me know in the comment section below.
Thanks!