It’s best to leave the new growth and prune your roses in February, when growth starts again. When pruning your roses, cut out any diseased or dead shoots first. Cut the remaining strong shoots to about 15cm from the base, making the cut just above a bud. If there are any weaker shoots they can be pruned back more severely, leaving just a few buds remaining (normally about 5-10cm from the base). It’s also a good idea to feed your roses annually in the spring by scattering a slow-release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulching with a 5cm layer of compost or well-rotted manure. This will ensure healthy foliage and flowers.
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