Best Time to Prune Climbing Rose?

I have this climbing rose that puts out a great show every spring. It is growing like crazy and i want to prune it and arrange it. I know it blooms only on the new growth for next year. Any do's and don'ts?
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early spring. In very mild climates this is sometimes moved up to midwinter, but early spring is the norm. Climbers usually are not pruned as severely as say, hybrid teas. You want to encourage long canes which when trained horizontally, will produce numerous lateral shoots that are the source of the flowering stems. If the rose is well established, periodic removal of the oldest canes will encourage the production of new, more vigorous canes.
I have an antique rambler, which, while not a true climber, is trained to grow in a similar manner. This is a single bloomer that produces literally thousands of blossoms and extremely vigorous growth. I prune it back hard each season immediately following tis bloom period. This keeps the plant in check - it takes over a considerable portion of my garden, otherwise - and still provides enough time for the plant to develop new growth during the season to support the next summer's flowers.
While midseason pruning of modern climbers is not a general practice, the response of the plant to this process depends a lot on the specifc rose in question and the aftercare given
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Climbers that bloom on old wood should be "pruned" immediately following that bloom. They can be "shaped" at any time of the year if life or limb are in peril. It's not quite too late in most of the country to do a serious cutback on a a rambler, as there is plenty of growing season left to produce wood for next year's bloom. But, it will soon be too late.
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Prune it after it blooms. My ever-blooming Don Juan gets pruned about every two weeks, snipping back just to the 5-leaflet. Otherwise, it will produce large rose hips rather than more buds. Sometimes the canopy becomes too dense and I have to remove a few canes to improve air circulation and light. Avoid pruning 8 weeks before the first fall frost.
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FEDUP wrote:

See my <http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_rosepruning.html . As I point out, ongoing grooming during the growing season -- removing faded flowers, trimming stunted branches, etc -- is a form of pruning.
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