Prune and train climb­ing roses

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Reg­u­lar prun­ing is es­sen­tial to keep your climb­ing roses to a man­age­able size, and to en­cour­age flow­er­ing. It’s eas­ier than you think – just fol­low these sim­ple guide­lines:

Don’t let new shoots from the base sim­ply grow and grow. Snip out the tips at about 2ft (60cm); this will en­cour­age branch­ing from the base.

Spread out and tie in new shoots as they de­velop. Shoots can be brit­tle so tie them in care­fully.

Cut back shoots grow­ing di­rectly away from their sup­ports.

Fe­bru­ary or early March is usu­ally the best time for reg­u­lar prun­ing, just as the new buds are start­ing to burst.

On ma­ture plants, oc­ca­sion­ally cut back an old branch by half – or at the base – to en­cour­age new and more pro­duc­tive growth to cover the area.

Trim the pre­vi­ous year’s side shoots to three or four buds from the base.

Prune to get more flow­ers

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