When pruning old-fashioned roses, remove dead and weak canes, and then just the tip of the remaining healthy canes. You can completely remove any old, woody canes. In the late fall, prune roses back by about one-third of their height. This helps prevent breaking of canes in winter winds.
Climbing Roses: Old-fashioned rambling roses and one-time spring-blooming climbers produce best shoots growing off one-year-old wood, and they should not be pruned until after they flower. In the summer, prune rose bushes to remove dead or diseased branches. Make the cuts one inch below the diseased branch, so only healthy wood remains. Summer is also the time to look for any branches in the center of the bush that are growing across each other.
Advice from our horticulturist when the Rose Garden turned 30"Be brave." Tom Soulsby says it's the best advice he has for rose gardeners.
As the senior horticulturist at the Rose Garden- which celebrated its 30th anniversary in Tom knows how to deal with roses at every stage of their lives: young and old, tended and in need of pruning, healthy and not.
Some pruning techniques are good for all classes of roses, but there are differences in pruning specific to rose types. For example, you can leave bright red hips on old-fashioned roses. “Pruning a rose bush is not unlike giving a home haircut to a small child: you do the best you can, secure in the knowledge that if it turns out odd-looking, new growth will quickly hide your mistakes.” -Liz Druitt, The Organic Rose Garden If you talk to six different rosarians about pruning, or read Read More».