Rose pruning: climbing roses

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.

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Pruning a climbing rose growing on a wall.

Quick facts

Suitable for: Climbing roses
Timing: Late autumn or winter
Difficulty: Moderate

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