Texas Gardening forum→Question on pruning climbing roses

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Frisco, TX (Zone 8a)
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Feb 1, 2020 10:34 AM CST
Hi, my climbing "pinkie" and " arborose Florentina" have not died back at all this warm winter. The leaves are vigorous and seem to be growing well. Almost too well as the climbingPinkie is overwhelming its trellis.
Usually I prune other roses around Feb 14 by at least half. Any suggestions as to the extent I should cut back?
To make it a little more tricky we are putting the house up for sale in late March so would like for them to look good. Thanks!
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 11, 2020 4:44 PM CST
Usually climbing roses are not pruned.
I have buds on one of mine... should see flowers next month...

Frisco, TX (Zone 8a)
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Feb 11, 2020 4:55 PM CST
That's what I always heard too. But this rose blooms in flushes throughout the summer so acts more like a regular one. Basically I have to trim the canes that are going at crazy angles and wondered how far back I should take it all back. Especially since it never lost leaves all winter so far.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 11, 2020 5:55 PM CST
Hmmm...
I'm wanting to pot up some cuttings from mine... for planting next to the deer fence...
Mine didn't lose leaves either...

Personally... I'd let it be... unless, like me... you want to root some babies to take with you when you leave.

As long as you avoid pruning... the rose should look attractive... only reason for cutting it back... is if it is encroaching on the path to the house.

Those canes at crazy angles? they sound like new growth. I'd want to encourage them to climb an arbor or something.

I've seen people cut their climbing roses back just as they were getting ready to bloom... If your bush blooms all summer long... I'm jealous!

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