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B3B3 Posts: 21,474
Does it make much difference whether you leave them or prune them?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • LittlegrowerLittlegrower Posts: 80
    edited March 2019
    From my experience I've noticed that removing the rose hips encourages growth. I left the rose hips until end of February. My roses now have new growth which shouldn't be any problem for me as there's no more hard frosts expected
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,474
    So you leave them through the winter?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,253
    Most of mine get pruned off in February, except for some very pretty peachy-pink ones on a rose called Penelope. They'll probably be pruned soon though.  I've never noticed any of the birds eating them.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,390
    The birds eat some here, and leave some. Most of those on our R. glauca are still there and I usually just leave them alone as I don’t prune it in the spring. 
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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,474
    I've been leaving them on the bush roses but pruning them off the climbers as the flowers die. I'll try leaving them this year.
    Thanks all. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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