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Hello all.

im wondering if anyone has any advice on these roses. We’ve recently moved into a new house with quite a large garden where we have come across these wild roses (or so I’ve been told that’s what there called).

it looks like in previous years all the stems have been cut to with in 6 inches of the ground. Is this correct? the structure seems quite good and wedont want them any bigger than they already are. Should I do the same over the winter or just prune them like an ordinary rose?

any advice would be appreciated.

thanks in advance

might be difficult to see the pictures but I hope they help.




  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458

    These are Rugosa roses. I’m assuming the most common purple ones. They sucker and expand prolifically. I had a hedge of them in a prevvirus garden. I mostly left them to themselves but did cut hard back every few years, not to as low as 6” but to about 2’. They have a wonderful scent and big red hips.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • I wouldn’t want them getting any bigger though. Maybe I’ll try 2 ft.

    i read that they’ll flower next year on this years growth, so don’t want to ruin any displays for next year

  • Have just read on this website that light pruning can be carried out in late summer after flowering and remove any older stems to the ground over winter.

    is it too late to the light pruning now?

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    They are usually very tough plants. I cut mine in late winter or early spring down to about 12 inches and give them a feed when I see growth starting. They reach about 4ft by summer and flower like mad. They don't get blackspot or rust, they smell fantastic and they stay dense and bushy.

  • Great thanks for the advice!!

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,080

    I’ve got those everywhere, never planted one, just presents from birds, I have just cut them right down to very bottom, I do this every year and they spring  up with fresh growth next year. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,010

    It's quite hard to kill an established rugosa rose. image

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,080

    And I’ve tried!? digging it out is no good at all. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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