Pruning rugosa roses

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Q: Do Rugosa roses need pruning?

Rugosa roses generally do not require a lot of pruning. But if the rugosa rose needs drastic renovation, thin out several old stems right to ground level.

Tip prune the remaining stems to maintain compactness and encourage flowering in mainly the side shoots. Any dead, diseased or damaged stems should be removed.

Top dress plants with compost and granular plant food as directed on the package.