Rose Arbor Pruning

Here are some pictures of a rose arbor I pruned (along with the help of 2 other ladies).

Before we started pruning
Before we started pruning
The rose arbor after we finished pruning.
The rose arbor after we finished pruning.


This is the second year, I have pruned this rose. The first year, it needed a lot of work and we probably hauled away a trailer full of old canes. This year, we were able to do it in half the time and we only removed a couple of the larger canes.

A climbing rose has large main canes and from each of the canes come laterals. You can see the long crazy overgrown laterals in the before picture. These were pruned to about 12 inches. In June, each of the shorter laterals should produce one or two flowers on their stems.

If you have any questions about pruning climbers, let me know!


The Rose Arbor in June

The Rose Arbor in late June.

As you can see in this photo we allowed some canes from the climber to sprawl along the fence as well as climb.  This rose is so vigorous, it had no problem spreading out!  There is also a purple clematis planted on the left side of the arbor, which adds extra fullness on that side.

Published by Vicki

I love gardening and when it comes to vegetables, organic gardening is important to me. I am an Advanced Master Gardener with the University of Idaho, and my favorite garden activity is pruning. When I'm not cutting down plants, you can find me shooting photos on my Canon DSLR or out smashing overheads on the tennis courts.

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  1. Hello Vicki!

    Your site is so informative. I am so happy I found it when I Googled “What is eating my seedlings”. I am still not sure what is eating ours. Like you, I am very concerned about the pollinators. My mother rents out our farm land and the farmers spray Round-up on it and plant Round-up ready crops – soybeans, corn and peanuts. I wonder what Round-up is doing to our soil and I wonder how long it will take the soil to heal from it. All the farmers in our area are using GM grain seeds. I don’t understand what this is doing to our environment and to the pollinators. If other countries ban GM grains, harmful pesticides and herbicides, why can’t ours? I sure don’t like the idea of my loved ones eating GM foods. If they feed it to the farm animals, then we are ingesting it too. What is wrong with a good old fashioned hoe! When I mention this to other people, they say “there is nothing you can do about that”. Personally, this is the first year we have started a “Back to Eden”garden and only use organic material in it – Compost and Black Kow and wood chips – then sprinkled with Azomite.

    Sorry for the rant!
    Debra F. from NC

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