Can I Prune My Climbing Rose Now Or Should I Wait?

Q: I have an old climbing rose I forgot to prune after it bloomed in May. Can I still prune it this late in the year or should I wait until next year? 

A: If it needs major surgery, it would be better to wait until after it blooms in spring. Otherwise you’ll be taking off all of your bloom buds. If you only need to trim a few branches, it would not hurt to do it now as long as several branches are left intact.