Rose bushes can be a beautiful addition to any garden. In fact, many gardeners think a flower garden is incomplete without roses. However, you cannot make your garden perfect by simply planting a rose bush, as it needs a lot of care and attention for those beautiful blossoms, cherished by every gardener.
So, trimming helps maintain or enhance the look of a plant or tree. However, more importantly, pruning or trimming promotes new growth and better blooms, and improves air circulation by removing the weak and unwanted branches. It also ensures that all parts of the plant receive adequate sunlight for better growth.
In general, spring is the growing season for roses, and they become dormant during winter. So, many gardeners prefer the early springtime, just when the leaf buds swell, to remove all the dead branches and leaves, and trim back the stem. But this can be done during autumn as well, when the plant becomes dormant.
Ideally, pruning should start from the base of the plant. While cutting the stem, keep a 45 degree angle, which is very important. It means the stem should be cut back to within ¼ inch, above a bud facing towards the plant. This in turn will ensure that the branches grow outwards instead of turning inwards.