The best time to cut back roses is on spring when the buds start to swell on your rose plants. The bumps on the canes should be huge and reddish in hue by then.
Timing your pruning before those buds open.
Here is a short tutorial on how to cut back your overgrown roses:Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins. Feb 13, Prune by cutting 1/4” to 1/2” above an outward-facing bud eye (a small bump found where a leaf would meet the stem).
New stems grow in the direction of the bud and the goal is to encourage them to grow outward, not inward. Make cuts at a degree angle sloping away from the bud, allowing water to run off. 6. Jan 17, Remove any dead or diseased branches. Branches that are small and skinny or leaves with yellow splotches may indicate a fungal infection in your roses.
Cut off the branches about 1⁄2 in ( cm) below the diseased area to stop the spread of infection.
An infection on your rose bush doesn’t mean an imminent death%(4). Step by step video on how to trim back your rose bushes in fall for winter dormancy.