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Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. If left, climbing roses can become a tangled mess of branches with very few flowers. Although often considered complicated, rose pruning is not difficult if you follow this guide. Such plants fall into RHS Pruning group 17.
This method is suitable for climbing roses. Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between a climbing rose and a rambling rose. The easiest way to tell the difference is to take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer and well into autumn, while a rambling rose usually flowers only once, normally around June.
This method is also suitable for climbing roses (including miniature cultivars), Boursault, Noisette and climbing Bourbon roses.
To prune other types of roses, see our advice topics below;
Climbers are routinely pruned in winter, after the flowers have faded, between December and February. Long whippy shoots can be shortened or tied in during autumn, to prevent strong winds from damaging them.
Renovation can be carried out at any time between late autumn and late winter. It is easier to see what you are doing when the rose is not in leaf, plus there is a better response from the rose, which should grow back vigorously the following spring.
Climbing roses are not self-clinging and need supports of trellis or horizontal wires to which the shoots can be tied.
Roses can suffer from a range of common rose problems, including replant disease, rose dieback, rose black spot, rose powdery mildew, rose rust. Particular pests include rose aphids, rose leaf rolling sawfly, rose large sawfly
Blindness (lack of flowering) is another common problem with roses.
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Mrs J Dunn on 06/08/2014
My climbing rose has grown to the top of arch with all growth at the top.sit possible to cut it down and start again.
oola on 10/08/2014
My climbing rose has all foliage and shoots at top and nothing at bottom so it looks more like a very tall standard rose. There are no shoots on the 'trunk'. Is there anything I can do to encourage growth lower down, please?
Tim Bliss on 05/09/2014
I have the same problem - what should I do and when should I do it.
Peterj on 27/09/2014
Peterj on 27/09/2014
Can I cut my claiming roses down to ground level and start again, they have reached the to of the arch and only have a couple of flowers at the top
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