How to Prune a Lady Banks Rose

Updated February 21, 2017

The Lady Banks rose is a vigorous variety that grows in a vine form. The plant is a native of China and is one of the most disease-resistant rose varieties, according to Mississippi State University. The flower blossoms are pale yellow in colour, and the stems do not bear any thorns. Due to the rapid growth rate of Lady Banks roses, regular pruning is required to prevent it from overtaking the landscape.

Wait until the Lady Banks rose stops blooming in the late spring to early summer before pruning it.

Examine the stalks of the rose, which are called canes, and look for any that are yellow or brown indicating that they are dead. Prune off these canes as close to the ground as possible using loppers.

Locate the tallest and thickest canes, which are typically located toward the centre of the plant. Prune these canes off as close to the ground as possible with the loppers to allow more light into the centre of the rose.

Stand back and look for any canes that are overhanging walkways or that are wrapped around undesirable structures such as roof gutters. Cut these canes back to the desired height using hand pruners, or cut them off at the base of the plant using loppers.

Examine the colour of the remaining canes and look for those that are a duller colour of green. Prune all of these canes back to the desired height using hand pruners, making the cut just below a set of leaves.


The Lady Banks rose does not require annual pruning. Pruning every other year is sufficient to maintain the size.


Do not prune off any canes that are bright green in colour. The Lady Banks rose blooms on canes that are two to three years old and if you remove these canes the plant will require two to three years to rebloom.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruners
  • Loppers
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