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Hi there
Could someone please confirm what type of rose this is and how best to maintain it as its got few, very long canes, only flowering at the tips and I appreciate it's late to prune/cut back. Thank you in advance.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,196
    Hi Fiona and welcome to the forum. Could you take a picture of the flowers? This may help in identification. From the whippy stems it could be a climber or a rambler.
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,861
    Can't ID that rose, but I can say I'm not surprised it's got long canes and few flowers, given its environment. It seems to live in the shade of a big laurel, and maybe other shrubs which take up all the sun and the soil nutriments. Could you move it to a more propitious place in your garden?
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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,196
    Gosh - idiot that I am @fionamac2630 the flowers are there so ignore my last silly post.
    I feel that your rose is being crowded out by the shrubs around it and it hasn't been pruned. If you could cut the large shrub to the right of the rose severely to allow more light in, then that would certainly benefit it. Next spring will be the time to prune your rose cut right back to an outward growing bud on all the stems about 30cm - 45cm from the base but definitely give that evergreen shrub a short back and sides. It does look a very pretty rose and will recover. Don't forget to use a good fertiliser after pruning and add a mulch to the soil around it but keep the mulch clear of the stems.

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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,919
    I thought with climbers you just tied the shoots in horizontally?  Should they be cut right back? 
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    looks more like a rambler than a climber, but I might well be wrong.
  • Thanks guys, would like to move it but wrong time of year. Will take a close up snap asap. :)

  • @Ladybird4 thanks for the good advice but what would you do in the meantime, before cutting back next spring. It's a bit unruly and the tall upright vertical cane has a few stems & buds but covered in aphids too. I was thinking to cut back before next spring
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,240
    I think it's iceberg too.
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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,196
    @fionamac2630 it won't harm your rose to cut it back now but you would sacrifice some of the flowers. I would not cut it back so severely as I mentioned for your spring prune - just to tidy it up a bit.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
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