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Help with roses and snow

Hi all,

I'd really like some advice please.
Move into a new house in Dec 2016 and planted quite a few roses in 2017, bare root 2 year old roses, they have been mostly successful now we have figured out what was eating some at the back.

But this year they started putting new growth on which has now been killed by the snow, we had.  I wasn't planning to do any hard pruning until next year. 

So the questions are:

When should I prune off the now dead growth?
Should I just prune the dead bits or down to the first 5 leaf?
Or should I just prune them quite hard and be done with it?
Anything else?

We are in West Yorkshire, many thanks for any advice, roses are all types climbing, hybrid tea and floribunda.


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,606
    Roses are usually pretty hardy. I expect they will make new growth again and the dead bit will fall off, but you could pick them off. Were you happy with how they were? If so I'd leave them, but if it shows later that there is die back then cut off the dead bits. Does depend a bit on what sort of roses they are. Hybrid teas can be hard pruned but shrub roses are fine with light pruning.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,055
    I agree with Busy Lizzie ... in fact I'd go so far as to say that bush roses are better with light pruning :smile:

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

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