Pruning Shrub Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Spokane, WA
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Question by kensharonrob
April 4, 2001
I planted shrub roses for the first time last year. Do you prune shrub roses and if so, how much do you prune?

Answer from NGA
April 4, 2001
Most shrub roses are easy to grow and require little care, other than regular watering and occasional fertilizing. While they don't require much pruning, you'll still want to remove the faded flowers to keep them blooming over the entire season. A light shearing in late winter or early spring will keep them compact. As they mature you may want to prune back more severely to keep shrub roses in bounds.

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