How to Prune Weeping Roses

Updated February 21, 2017

The elegant weeping rose tree, with its delicate blooms and drooping branches, can be a striking addition to your garden. As with all roses, proper pruning is important in developing the shape of the plant as well as maintaining healthy growth and encouraging abundant blooms.

Prune your weeping rose tree at the right time of year. Annual weeping roses bloom once a year and you should trim them after they bloom. Other varieties will bloom multiple times. Give these a light trim in the autumn, and cut them back more severely before winter.

Don heavy gardening gloves before beginning. The weeping rose has thorns, as do most rose varieties. Clean your shears with rubbing alcohol before beginning to trim.

Trim the branches of the weeping rose back while keeping the shape symmetrical. Take out any broken or diseased limbs first, and cut back older thicker branches, preserving younger, supple branches and new shoots of growth. Step back frequently from your work to ensure that you're keeping the shape of the tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand pruners
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Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.