Rose Pruning

Whilst rose pruning is generally done in February or March, autumn is a good time to give the plants some TLC before winter. Rose pruning is an essential gardening task to ensure that roses grow healthily every year. This post will give some basic tips on pruning different varieties of rose ready for the winter.


Bush roses


  • Bush roses can be cut down by about one third, helping to stop the plants swaying in the wind and causing damage to the root system.  The standard way to prune is to cut back to a bud which is outward facing from the rose plant. This stops what is known as 'die back' whereby the stems go brown and die.
  • Clear any build up of debris underneath the rose as pests and disease can remain there over winter and then return in the spring.
  • Any dead, diseased or damaged stems of a rose can be pruned at any time of year to keep the plant healthy.

Climbing Roses


  • Climbing roses are usually pruned in winter when the flowers have faded. Longer stems or shoots can be shortened during autumn to protect from damage from strong winds. 
  • Climbing roses should first have any dead, diseased or dying branches removed. Any new shoots should be tied in to fill supports
  • Flowered side shoots can be cut down by about two thirds. Busy rose plants should have their really old branches cut from the base. This will promote new growth.

Miniature Roses

  • Pruning miniature dwarf roses is on a much smaller scale than other types of rose.
  • Shorten any weak growths and remove the dead twiggy wood growth which is produced by miniature roses.
  • Prune back older growths to near soil level to encourage healthy growth from the base.

If you require any pruning services this winter then don't hesitate to get in touch, Woodham's would be delighted to hear from you!


Winter Gardening 22/11/18RETURN TO BLOG HOMEPAGE