Why is it important to prune roses?

When a rose bush goes without pruning, it’s beauty is diminished as the plant grows in a tangled, unsightly manner and as blooms become fewer in number and smaller. Neglected roses will also experience a higher rate of disease as sunlight and airflow are obstructed. When properly pruned, roses develop larger flowers and stronger branches and are not as prone to disease. For more information about rose pruning, read University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly’s article “Pruning Roses.”