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RosegalRosegal Posts: 3

hi, first post, as new to the forum,

I've been helping my mother in her garden, just identifying some plants and trying to make more manageable for her as in the 15 years she's never really maintained it except for having the grass cut. She absolutely loves this rose as it comes back every year but I feel it's awfully leggy. she's never cut it but somehow it comes back.  it seems to be hanging quite a bit could this be a climbing rose? Any advice on how to make it look better? 



Last edited: 19 June 2017 10:56:35


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,528

    Its certainly a bit top heavy. I think your Mother's rose needs a decent prune. This should be done in  spring and this site has some advice on how to do this.

    I think if you assume this rose is a bush variety and prune it accordingly it should thicken up and produce more stems. Feed it with rose food at the start of the season and later in the summer to give it a boost.

    If it does turn out to be a climber then the new stems will grow long and will need to be supported.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,956

    It's possibly a rose called "Iceberg" which comes in both shrub & climbing forms. Obviously I can't be sure but it loks like one I have in my garden,that gets a bit leggy.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,551

    If it's a climbing iceberg, a good prune won't do it any harm.

    Last year we had to cut ours back to a 2ft stump in order to replace a fence. Within a few weeks, there were a couple of flower buds on it. This year it's romping away.

    Iceberg has no scent. If there's a scent, it's something else.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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