- Botanical Garden
In our climate, there is no need to prune a rose bush in autumn unless you are planning to move the plant or install winter protection. Any major pruning should be done in spring, before the buds open.
In spring, maintenance pruning consists of removing any injured, diseased or frost-damaged wood. Also cut back old, weak and crossing canes. Regeneration pruning can also be carried out at this time of year.
Cut canes cleanly above an outward-facing bud. To avoid spreading any diseases, regularly disinfect your pruning shears with a 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol solution.
For specific advice on pruning different types of roses, refer to our page on pruning.