Can you tell me how to prune my standard rose?
Dave Hilditch, Essex
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