How to Prune Climbing Roses

Climbing roses are best pruned in late summer, when you can see the shoots more easily.

Control Sideshoots

Control Sideshoots

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Learn to Garden

Step 1: Retain Old Wood

Retain Old Wood

Retain Old Wood

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Retain old wood, except for any diseased, dead, or weak growth, which should be cut down to the ground or to a healthy bud.

Step 2: Reduce Sideshoots

Reduce Sideshoots

Reduce Sideshoots

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Only prune the sideshoots, reducing them to about two-thirds of their original length, and cutting to a bud facing in the right direction.

Step 3: Provide Stem Support

Stem Support

Stem Support

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Tie in the newly-pruned stems horizontally to their support. This encourages more flowering sideshoots to form along the stems.

Step 4: Trim Longer Stems

Longer Stems

Longer Stems

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prune back any too-long stems that are protruding beyond the support, and sideshoots growing away from it.

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