Plant Care & Gardening : How to Prune Climbing Roses for Winter

Uploaded by eHow on 23.12.2008

Hi, this is Yolonda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to prune a climbing
rose. Now, this rose right here was on a trellis, but we took the trellis down. So now it is
just wild. It's almost wintertime, so we should prune it. And it's gotten kind of wild, so,
a good rule of thumb is don't prune more than one-third of the rose down. So you want to
save at least one-third of the plant for next year, 'cause it'll fill up. And I will get
a new arbor for it, so I can always attach it to the arbor later. First of all, this
is kind of getting lanky, and I really would like it to fill up a little more, so I don't
want to cut more than one-third of the plant off. So I'm just going to chop about one-third
of it off, completely. And then that way, next year, when it'll comes in, it'll just
fill in a little more, and it won't just be this long, lanky stem. It'll be a little more
full. And in fact, I think I'm going to cut it back a little more, even, because next
year it will grow very quickly, and the more I cut it back, it seems the more they grow.
This rose has already bloomed, and the whole goal is I want to have it more full. I don't
want just long, lanky stems. So I'm going to cut it back about one-third, as well. Same
with all the stems. I'm going down about one-third. This one as well. I'm going to chop it all
the way down to where it meets this other one. And when I'm cutting, I'm cutting on
an angle, so where it meets another leaf, it's just above that line. Now there's some
new growth here that looks really nice, so I'm going to leave that. And it's more even,
so I'm just going to cut the side blooms that are the little rose hips. These are what's
left over from the actual roses. I'm going to cut that down a little bit. And while I'm
at it, too, any leaves that have turned brown, or that have any spots on them, or have been
eaten by slugs in any way, I'm going to chop 'em back. And going to this side, too, I'm
just going to trim back any of the dead leaves. And from the bottom, there's always all these
runners, so I found they don't look that great. The slugs have gotten to 'em, so I'm going
to really just chop this all the way down to the ground, 'cause it'll fill in next year.
I don't like a lot of growth on the very bottom of the roses, it looks better when it's a
little bit up. And you don't want any leaves or anything for the slugs to grab onto to
get to your top part of your plant. And that way, next year, this'll fill up and be much
more even. And I'll get a trellis next to it, and it'll look just perfect.