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Also, refasten the major canes to the structure if necessary.

Sep 12, Step 2. When pruning climbing roses, cut just above a bud that points in the direction you want a new stem to grow. Avoid cutting above a bud that will direct growth to the garden path, for example. How to prune a climbing rose – pruning so new shoots grow in the right direction.

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.

Prune away the weaker of the branches that cross each other. Jul 09, When you first plant your climbing rose bush, wait a year or two before training and pruning to let the plant overcome any transplant shock.

During this time, your rose bush will put on some bulk. You can remove unsightly canes, but otherwise let the plant go wild with long growth. It will be this long growth that you will train and prune in the plant's second or third year.

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Feb 13, For more information, see: Pruning Climbing Roses. Knock Out Roses: Just like climbing roses, pruning rules for Knock Outs are similar, but with a few exceptions. Knock Outs are generally ready for their first pruning in their second or third season, after reaching a mature height of feet. The timing of pruning is the same as other roses. Apr 01, A moderate pruning cuts the plant down to 18 to 24 inches high with 5 to 12 canes coming from the base.

Do this if you want to improve the branching structure of your plants, which will encourage new growth and better flowering. A severe pruning takes roses down to 6 to 10 inches in height and 3 to 5 canes.