How to prune Drift Roses
How to prune Drift Roses is just as important as when to prune Drift Roses. Prune in early spring, never in the fall or winter. Check your drift rose bush from time to time as spring moves along and when you start to see new shoots growing from the canes on your drift rose, that’s a good sign that it is time to prune.
Use proper tools
You will need a few basic tools when the time comes for pruning drift roses: gloves, because of the thorns on your rose bush. Lopping shears, for some of the heavier canes that are going to be difficult to cut with some of the smaller shears. Small hand shears, for some of the finer work, and a pair of hedge trimmers to get the job done quickly.
Determine how much you want to prune
Determining how much you want to prune depends on how large you want your drift rose bush to finish in the growing season. Your drift rose bush will usually triple in size after pruning. We recommend pruning drift roses back by at least half to enhance vigor and blooming, but these compact rose bushes can tolerate heavy pruning and even perform just fine with none at all.