Pruning Iceberg Floribunda Roses

by Jennifer Roth
(Sacramento, CA. USA)


QUESTION:
I have an iceberg floribunda rose that I bought recently and it already had blooms on it and now they are wilted and pretty much look like they are dying or dead. I was wanting to know if I can cut off just the wilting blooms right now, I am in Sacramento, Ca and it is early summer right now. If you could please get back to me, I would appreciate it. I need help!
Thank You,
Jennifer

ANSWER:
Hi Jennifer,
You should always remove spent rose flowers on the Iceberg floribunda rose. It's called deadheading and all rose bushes should have the dead blooms removed to encourage re-blooming.
The major yearly pruning should be done in late winter when the rose is emerging from dormancy.
Here is my page about pruning roses.
Best Regards,
Annelie

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