Should I be cutting roses back hard now in April or waiting until after winter? I have pruned a few times mainly to deadhead.
Roses are traditionally pruned in mid-winter when the plants have finally stopped growing and all the leaves have fallen. There are some roses that put on significant autumn growth and flowering eg: iceberg. Often these roses are pruned later than other varieties.
Pruning too early in autumn can lead to new growth appearing as we approach winter. This new growth does not last long with the colder temperatures and reduces the ability of the plant to flourish in spring. A light tidy-up prune at this time should only be done where there is dead or diseased wood that requires removal or where bushes are seriously misshapen. For more information on pruning roses, read through Daltons Question and Answer pages on Roses.