Climbing & Rambling Roses

  • Climbers repeat flower
  • Rambling roses flower only once a year, around June.
  • Prune ramblers in late summer, after flowering.  You can also prune in winter.  Once in an established space, remove one third of the main stems at their bases each year, starting with the oldest.  Shorten all side shoots by two thirds and cut back leading shoots by a few buds to encourage more branching.
  • Prune climbers while dormant, from December to February, when you have a clear view of the stems and framework once leaves have fallen.  Cut out ay dead, or damaged wood.
  • Tie in new stems to supports to form a framework.


Summer Tasks 

Deadhead regularly to encourage re-flowering.  But single-flowered species and many ramblers will not re-flower; don’t deadhead these if you want rose hips for winter interest.

Prune out dead wood.  Ramblers should be pruned straight after flowering.

Tie-in climbers

Cut out suckers.