How to Deadhead Climbing Roses


When you have climbing roses growing energetically up your vertical supports in a landscape, their continuous blooming throughout the growing season is sure to be a source of pride and joy. Because of the vigorous growth and blooming habits of climbing roses, you must deadhead them throughout their entire bloom cycle to enable the climbing roses to continue blooming. When you remove the spent flowers, the climbing roses put their energies back into blooming rather than seed production.

Step 1

Monitor the climbing roses continually throughout the growing season to ensure you deadhead the blossoms promptly when they fade. If you allow faded blossoms to stay on the vines, the climbing roses will suffer decreased blooming.

Step 2

Clip off the spent blossoms just under the blossoms, cutting the stem at a 45-degree angle. Climbing roses bloom on stems with green leaves immediately beneath the blossoms. Leave these leaves intact because the climbing roses will grow new blossoms from these leaves.

Step 3

Place the clipped blossoms into the bucket as you continue to work your way along the climbing roses. Discard the blossoms or use them for potpourri.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Bucket


  • Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: Fertilizing, Pruning and Winterizing Roses
Keywords: climbing roses growing, spent flowers, deadhead

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