We've been trying for years to illustrate rose pruning with photos of real roses. Although rose flowers are very photogenic, a whole rose shrub or vine tends to come across as a jumble in a photo. Here are some exceptions to that rule, images that help you do what must be done: See and choose between canes.
And you may also want to take a look at*
• What's Coming Up 86 pruning guide,
• The illustrations of a trellised climbing rose in What's Coming Up 157, and
• What's Coming Up 88 photos.
If a rose grew and bloomed especially heavily, it will lose a lot now. Not to worry -- if it's a vigorous, healthy rose it will take it in stride.
Below: This miniature climber 'Red Cascade' lost very little to our pruners this week... but that's because it started growing and blooming so early this spring that we had already given it its first cut about three weeks ago.
(You might notice, if you've been looking at the other deadheading and cutting back articles for this week, that we also clipped back the Dianthus at its feet, as we do for potted annuals about now. All plants look better when their companions are fresh.)
It's quite the good grower and at its peak as we do this main clipping, post-bloom. We also prune a bit in fall if it has any long straggler canes that might whip in the winter wind. In the spring we cut the tips of the main canes, remove and deadwood and even up the side shoots that are in place to bloom.
The right-hand cane is new, every inch of it grown since spring -- such is the energy of youth. We'll deadhead it and cut its tip to encourage side shoots for the next round of bloom. Or we'll let it bloom and remove the entire shoot, as there are so many this year.
*(Which Explorer... hmm.)