Hard prune climbing rose
I have this lovely, mature, repeat flowering climber rose planted on the south-facing wall. Unfortunately it hasn't been trained so has a tall single stem and only blooms at the first floor level.
Will it survive if I prune it right back down to about a foot in height in Jan/Feb so that I can get some lower laterals?
The red, velvety blooms are beautiful and I really don't want to kill it! I took some cuttings in the summer as insurance.