How to Trim Rose Bushes Back to Five Leaves. Don't let your roses intimidate you -- they are a plant like any other and you are unlikely to cause permanent damage no matter how or when you prune them. Jan 17, Rose bushes are beautiful plants that usually produce flowers in the spring. As fall begins, rose bushes usually close up and stop blooming.
To maintain the health of your plant, try to cut it down by about ⅓, make your cuts at a 45 degree angle, and cut off any dead or diseased branches that can cause trouble for your plant as the weather gets colder%(4). Remove an old garden rose bush's old, unproductive stems, and reduce the bush's overall height by one-third.
Make each pruning cut 1/4 inch above the next bud on a stem. The bright-red rose hips may be left on the plants for fall color. Pruning cuts are made at a. How to Cut Rose Bushes.
Roses (Rosa spp.), which grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 9, need cutting for a variety of reasons.
Dead, diseased or damaged canes. Make it at degree angle. It is best to make the cut a slanting style making the direction away from the bud. Spread over wood glue on the surface of the cut stems. Sealing them and avoiding wood borers to penetrate inside the stems. Trim all leaves from the left behind stems.