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Old rose bush looks awful, pruning ideas please



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989
    plant pauper says:

    "love to prune his roses"

    ...or help him to prune his roses. Men are funny creatures even with cake. image 

    "I'll give you a hand if you like..." That kind of thing.

    Good luck.

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     Good point!  You're obviously a bit more tactful than me Pp imageimage

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003

    Thanks for the advice dove and plant pauper. ....I have decided to offer to help him.....

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    HaHa! Hardly Dove. I just work with a lot of big egos or should that be EGOS!!!! Well dare I suggest that they are incapable of the simplest task!!! image image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    Pp imageimage

    Good luck Mary ... let us know how you get on image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,442

    I'm thinking the very thorny stems are suckers from below the graft point. It might be easier to take hardwood cuttings from higher up, and start a new plant on its own roots. I think if you cut the main stem down too low, you may lose it, and just end up with a flowering rootstock.

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    I cut down the obvious brown/dead stems, and when flowers have finished cut them down as well. I find that I get new growth then flower buds appearing. I think I would cut down the really thorny stems in your pictures and also any stems that are crossing and check from different angles that its a shape that you were after.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,437

    Personally, I would call time on that rose and remove it, planting something easier to manage in its place...

    East Anglia, England
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