How To Prune Drift Roses
When do I prune my drift rose bush?
Prune your rose bush in early spring, never in the fall and never in the 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 to prune your 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 high you want to prune.
Determining how high you want to prune depends on how high you want your drift rose bush to finish. Your drift rose bush will usually triple in size after pruning so cutting it back to about a foot will leave it at 3 feet when it finished growing.