In the summer, prune rose bushes to remove dead or diseased branches.
Make the cuts one inch below the diseased branch, so only healthy wood remains. Summer is also the time to look for any branches in the center of the bush that are growing across each other.
Prune away the weaker of the branches that cross each other. SPRING PRUNING: In Arkansas, spring pruning is usually done around mid-February to March. Pruning of old growth encourages new growth and development. Cut height of bush back by one-third.
Make cuts about a quarter-inch above a five-leaf leaflet. After blooms are spent, cutting stems back to a five-leaf leaflet will encourage new growth.
Sep 21, Prune the rose bush to encourage new growth and get rid of dead branches. Mid-February is the best time to prune in Arkansas. Cut the entire bush to one-third its size and remove any dead branches. Always cut one-quarter inch above a leaflet that contains five leaves. During late summer, prune the stems that flowered at their base, and tie this new growth horizontally to the support.
Group 2: Alberic Barbier, Albertine, New Dawn, Paul’s Scarlet Climber, and Veilchenblau form Group 2. These differ from Group 1 only in the position of the new stumpchop.buzzted Reading Time: 6 mins. Feb 13, WHEN TO PRUNE ROSES. The best time to prune roses is in late winter or early spring, around the time new growth begins. This could be as early as January or as late as May, depending on your climate. If you'd like to mark your calendar, or set yourself a pruning reminder, here are regional estimates: Zones 3 and 4 - May; Zones 5, 6 and 7 - March or April.