I have been deadheading my roses by just snapping off the remains of the spent blooms, is this correct?
Should I be cutting them off properly further down the stem using secateurs?
Chris you are right just pinch them them that all you need to do.
cutting back to the bud is usually done November or early march to encourage healthy new growth.
Last year i took a cutting from an old English rose Jacues Cartier three cuttings have been grown in pots in a greenhouse since last year all have grown and flowering all about 18 inches high, one i am training to make a standard at present i have potted it on this morning has a stem 18 inches high with a good bushy top and its the first time i have tried with a rose cutting it seam to be working.
10 at night ? well you must love gardening, your get the neibours talking LOL
I do either, depending on whether I happen to have the secateurs in my pocket and see no difference in the number of blooms produced. Trimming back to a leaf node does make them look neater though.