When pruning climbing roses, if a cane has the bottom 30 inches looking dead,...

Asked December 19, 2013, 8:36 PM EST

When pruning climbing roses, if a cane has the bottom 30 inches looking dead, then the top 24 inches looking green, should you just prune it back to the ground?

Marshall County West Virginia

1 Response



The cut should be made below the dead tissue which could be close to the ground but it should be above the graft union. Check the graft union to make sure it is viable/alive. Shoots coming from the rootstock (below the graft union) will not be true to the variety grafted above.