Can you tell me how to prune my stan­dard rose?

Dave Hilditch, Es­sex

Gardeners' World - - Gardeners’ Question Time -

CHRIS­TINE SAYS Rosa ‘Arthur Bell’ is a clus­ter-flow­ered, re­peat­flow­er­ing rose, with good dis­ease re­sis­tance and an up­right growth habit. It pro­duces fra­grant golden flow­ers. Prune next month to re­move any dead, dis­eased, dam­aged, rub­bing or cross­ing branches first. Then cut back the strong­est shoots to within 30cm of where they arise off the main stem; any less vig­or­ous shoots may be cut back to within 15cm off the main stem. Take out one or two re­ally old stems ev­ery three to five years to en­cour­age new shoots. Re­move old fallen leaves reg­u­larly to help re­duce is­sues associated with dis­ease build-up and keep well wa­tered in sum­mer.

When prun­ing stan­dard roses, only cut into the bushy top

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