I have this neglected rose bush in my garden. It seems too long and spindly? How and when should I prune it?

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Pruning for this rose bush should be done in early spring or late fall. Roses seem to respond well to pruning so either would work.

Prune at an angle and follow each rose down to the base of the long stem. Cut about 1/4 inch away from the main trunk. Be mindful of any new budding stems, if the stem looks like it is budding its best to skip that stem.

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