Rose Society of Victoria

Member Society of the National Rose Society of Australia Affiliated with The Royal National Rose Society

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Pruning demonstrations are carried out by members of The Rose Society of Victoria during the winter months at many nurseries. Please enquire at your local nursery to see if they have organized one.

Demonstrations usually take around 1 hour and there is ample time to ask questions.

Demonstrators also explain how to plant bare root roses, what sprays to use and when, fertilising and general care of your roses.

Our demonstrators are experienced rose growers and will also advise on types of roses to plant for different purposes.

This page will be updated as new dates are arranged.

Dates will also be loaded each week on to our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the nurseries.


Pruning is a very important part of rose care, for without correct pruning, over time the plant's flowering capacity will diminish. As there are different types of rose bushes (e.g climbing, bush, standard, miniatures and once flowering and repeat flowering), the different pruning techniques for each type need to be explained to get the most flowers, and to reduce disease.

If you have repeat flowering roses, try not to winter prune them before July in most areas, before the oldest part of winter, as they may begin to shoot and all new growth may be lost if a frost then occurs.

Some once flowering climbers flower on last year's growth so don't cut those long canes that seem to be in the way, but rather move the plant if it is too big. Cutting the canes may stop it from flowering. Only old canes that have diminished in flowering capability should be removed, bearing in mind that most climbers rarely flower much in their first year and only reach their full potential after about their third year. The yellow and white Banksia rose is an example of a once flowering climber, so if you cut it back in winter you will remove all the flowers that are to bloom in the spring, and the flowers will not come again until spring the following year!

Cut once flowering roses back straight after they flower about December.

Come along to the pruning demonstrations to find out more, and bring a note pad to write down any questions you may have. You could also bring along a digital photograph of your rose to show the demonstrator. We will be happy to try and answer your rose growing queries.


You will also be able to purchase the Society's 2 excellent reference books which cost $7 each (2 for $12.00) and are written for the home gardener for local growing conditions.
'Planting & Pruning'

'Tender Loving Care'


Membership forms will be available to join the Society.
We look forward to meeting you there!


We have found an excellent video clip on Pruning & Controlling a Climbing Rose and have asked Paul Zimmerman from Ashdown Roses in America for permission to use his clip.

Pruning & Controlling a Climbing Rose



On the Ashdown Roses YouTube page there are also some other excellent video clips on training and growing roses.

For any queries, please contact Carl Ellefsen on phone (03) 5135 3341