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Rose pruning advice

I am a very amateur gardener and believe that I may have left it too late to prune my Mortimer Sackler rose which I am encouraging to grow up and onto a fence.  I understand that it is a 'tall shrub rose or short climber' and so have I missed the opportunity to prune it already this year? If I prune it now will I prevent it flowering or encourage longer flowering for the forthcoming summer (considering that I think we may be a month behind in the calendar due to the awful weather).  I live in the south of England.  Thanks in advance for any advice.


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,346
    Prune it when you like, it will still develop buds and bloom for you.  This rose tends to grow straight up to 8 or 10 feet... but can be trained with care..
    Don't be afraid of it, you won't hurt it at all, and it will quickly recover from any pruning you give it... 
    East Anglia, England
  • edited April 2018
    I went through my first summer last year in my new garden which was already full of roses, bought a few more since!
    Mine have been as tough as old boots, and pruned them so inappropriately last year, one in the height of summer but they all returned fine, even flowering again which I guess was because it was mild into October, I'm in the south east. Took one completely back to ground level thinking if it doesnt survive I've not lost anything but it's growing back just now, really vigorous and seems really lush.

    Ive now read a lot about roses so won't be doing it again but hopefully won't become too fastidious either as no harm has come from last years exploits and if anything they are looking healthier 🌻
  • andrea Landrea L Posts: 10
    Ooh well thank you for that - I might just give it a go :-)
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