General pruning advice for roses

Mature roses are generally pruned in early February, after the worst of the winter is over, using good secateurs like Felco no. 2’s or 6’s. Pruning, just like planting, must only be done in good weather. Generally floribundas are cut back to 45cm. Hybrid teas are cut back to the lowest outward-facing buds - about 15cm usually. However old-fashioned roses and shrub roses, including David Austin English roses, need a gentler treatment. Usually a third of each leader is cut away. Although the main rose pruning isn’t done now, it’s a good idea to shorten rose stems back in windier gardens to prevent wind rock.