How to Prune Old-Fashioned Roses

Old-fashioned roses such as albas, mosses and damasks are pruned lightly in summer after the first flush of flowers.

Step 1: Trim Stems

Out with the Dead Wood

Out with the Dead Wood

Remove any dead or diseased wood when pruning old-fashioned roses. Cut back the main stems and sideshoots by one-third to a healthy, outward facing bud.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove any wood that is dead and diseased, then cut back the main stems and sideshoots by one-third to a healthy, outward facing bud.

Step 2: Minimize for Strength

Minimize for Strength

Minimize for Strength

When pruning old-fashioned roses, cut back any extra-long whippy stems when fall arrives. They could be vulnerable to damage by strong winter winds.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

When fall arrives, cut back any extra-long whippy stems that could be vulnerable to damage by strong winter winds.

Step 3: Prune Gallica Roses to Main Stem

Charles De Mills

Charles De Mills

Suitable for hedging at the back of a border. An upright Gallica rose with large, fully double, magenta-pink flowers.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Gallica roses are pruned in much the same way as other old-fashioned roses, but cut the sideshoots back to the main stem, or to a shoot close to the main stem.

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