9 Leave about an inch of stem between the cut and the growing tip. Here’s one I did a little too close last year. The tip may not grow.
10 John reckons that the more you leave, the more food storage the plant has for regrowth. This is where I stopped.
There is also a really good section on roses at the MG website.
Another Master Garden told me that if you ask 10 rose experts how to prune you will be told 15 different ideal ways how to do it!
Bottom line – don’t be afraid of “hurting” your rose. Chances are anything you do at this stage will benefit rather than stunt your rose garden. As John Hammond said in that great work of literature Jurassic Park, “And if we could only step aside and trust in nature, life will find a way. “
If it works for extinct dinosaurs, I’m sure it will apply to half dead looking roses!