Pruning your roses will help to encourage new growth which in turn will produce more blooms. Prune in mid winter when the bush is dormant. Always use sharp, clean secateurs, cutting on a slant approximately 1 cm above an outward facing bud.
1. Firstly remove any thin stems shooting from the base.
2. Remove any dead branches along with diseased growth.
3. Remove any shoots that have appeared from below the graft (suckers) by digging down to where they are shooting from. Remove by pulling down and out.
4. Trim away any thin and straggly stems.
5. Prune stems that are crossed and rubbing together.
6. Shorten main branches to your desired height and shape. Prune to an outward-facing bud.
7. Spray with lime sulphur immediately after pruning and follow with copper oxychloride 3-4 weeks later.
8. Apply an application of rose fertilizer to promote healthy growth and blooms.