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What to do with a bush rose that didn’t get pruned this winter

I haven’t pruned my bush rose this year. It is now too high but has lots of flower buds. Should I let it flower and enjoy them , then prune. Or prune now and have a better shaped bush but only flowers later in the year. Is my prognosis correct ? 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051
    what type of rose bush is it?
    Some don't really need pruning ( shrub roses ) other, HT and Floribunda need lots. 
  • I am fairly sure it’s a bush rose. The fresh growth is quite high. So if I cut it back now I’ll lose the first flush of flowers? I am tempted to leave it. I wander if I cut back the height after these flowers will I still get more say in the late summer? 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,826
    Some of my roses weren’t pruned last year due to one thing and another. They flowered well. I’ve given them a good prune this year simply to ensure they don’t grow too tall. 

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

  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,314
    If it is a hybrid tea rose and you leave it unpruned, you will get a larger number of flowers but smaller (and possibly on weaker shorter stems). This is usually unwanted for hybrid teas but for some of them, it looks good. In your case, if you already have buds, I would let the rose flower and cut it back after the first flush. You will then get the second flush on longer and stronger stems.
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