Roses and vines are pruned for several reasons. Pruning keeps them healthy, extends their longevity, encourages them to produce the most attractive and abundant blooms, and, for vines and climbers, limits growth to what is desirable for their settings.

Roses—Lovers of Air and Sunlight

The enemies of hybrid tea, floribunda, and grandiflora modern roses are disease and dead or decayed canes. We prune to remedy and prevent these problems by carefully thinning canes from the interior of the rose to "open" it to enjoy improved air circulation that also reduces attack by destructive molds and mildew. Strange as it may seem, the most magnificent hybrid tea roses will be on plants that have been severely pruned back each year.

Vines—Glorious or too much of a good thing?

Almost all vines require some discipline. As with roses, we prune to remove dead or damaged wood but also to direct vine growth in ways that are most aesthetically pleasing and promote the most luxuriant displays of blossom. If not properly pruned, vines can threaten to take over—or pull down—your trellis or fence or can obscure windows, leaving you in the dark!

Best time for pruning?

In the Bay Area, November through February is an ideal time to prune most roses and vines. There are some exceptions, particularly when it comes to roses. For vines that produce ornamental or edible fruits, it's best to prune after the fruits have been enjoyed. We at ShadyTree can advise on proper pruning for all types of your roses and vines.