Pruning Climbing Roses

Climbing Roses

Rambling roses usually flower once whereas climbers usually repeat flower throughout summer and autumn, but of course there are exceptions.

If you want your garden to be smothered in roses during June next year, choose a rambler because repeat flowering climbers only give you measured flushes of flower and never make quite the same impact.


This video shows you how to prune climbing roses to promote growth and more blooms next summer.


The next video deals with the basic rose pruning skills that every gardener needs to know and understand. You need to think about what you are trying to achieve, whether it be formative shaping of the plant, maintenance, renewal or rejuvenation.


How To Prune

  • You prune rambling roses when you train them by simply cutting out some of the old stems at the base. These are replaced by new strong branches. The branches should be fanned out from the base, rather like a fruit tree, if the rose is against a fence and then the stems can be looped along to the top edge of the fence.
  • Climbing roses are pruned in winter and they need a more sympathetic regime. Slightly reduce the main leaders and prune back the side shoots to six inches.

No matter if you choose climbing or rambling roses, they flower better if trained.

Bending and coiling the stems slows down the flow of sap and promotes more flowering shoots.

climbing rose

The best time to train climbing roses is autumn when the shiny new stems can still be bent and turned without breaking. Choose strong stems and, making sure you have thick gloves and goggles, curl them round a stake or pillar or loop them along the top of the fence.

Rambling roses are very disease tolerant, they don’t need dead-heading and some will produce a crop of hips. The ideal combination is a June flowering rambler planted close to a repeat flowering climber.