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By Janey

Lincolnshire, England Eng

Hi can anyone tell me how to prune climbing roses please?
My Graham Thomas is all top growth and there's not much of that. When I've pruned stems right down before, they've just died. I know now is a good time for pruning roses, and a bit of explaining would be a great help..



this is the advice I use from the RHS

I tie the young stems in as close to horizontal as I can as that helps them produce more flowers.

22 Jan, 2021


Thank you Sbg, yes that's what it needs more young stems for that very reason. I wasn't sure if January was the time you would prune climbers..

22 Jan, 2021


Janey, first remove anything dead, diseased & crossing branches. Then choose 3 or 4 of the strongest leaders, and remove the rest. Don't cut the chosen leaders at all. If you peg them in a horizontal position, they bloom all along the entire leader. If left vertical, they will only bloom at the tips.

Time to prune: February, March, April, September, October, November. Avoid the hottest & coldest times of the year.

28 Jan, 2021


Thanks very much Paul for that. This climber has only very old wood at the base with no new leaders, all new growth has been at the top of the old hard wood. If I don't prune it right back, the new growth this year will be the same. If I prune it right down, will I kill it? Roses aren't my forte...:))

28 Jan, 2021

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