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During the first lockdown I took a cutting from a wild rose that was growing in a field I was getting my daily exercise walking. It's grown really well and I've just potted it on as the roots were growing out the bottom of the pot. 

My question is, what should I do, if anything regarding pruning. It would be nice to keep it relatively compact and bushy, but given it's a wild rose that might be asking a bit much. 

Just wondered if anyone had any experience with a similar plant? Any advice would be gratefully received! 

Thank you in advance



  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,920
    ..did you see any flowers on this rose initially?  if so what colour and form were they?

    .. at first glance, it has the appearance of a rambler in juvenile stage... I don't think it's the Field Rose [R. arvensis].. the foliage doesn't look right, even though you found it in a field.. 
    East Anglia, England
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,396
    IMO, it would be best to plant it in the ground in a wildish place or in a hedge.  It won't do well in a pot. There are several forms of wild rose in the UK and all are quite vigorous and only flower for a short period in June.  They are gorgeous but limited.  I live in the country and have three species of wild roses.  I love them all but you will probably be disappointed if you confine it to a pot. 
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Thank you for your replies. The parent plant had small pink flowers. It was just growing on a bit of wasteland. I took the cutting as a souvenir of my many walks at that time!!

    I might well plant it in the ground. My parents recently inherited a bit of land (former orchard) and maybe that would be a better option. 

    Any advice regarding situation. It's a walled garden so has everything from full sun to full shade. 
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    They usually scramble through hedges in a rather disorganised way and just get cut back when the hedge is cut. If it is one of the wild ones, you will get hips, too. They seem to do best with lots of sun but part shade is ok. 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,920
    I would give that a support structure, such as a wall or fence with wires attached as looking at the cascading, growth habit, it looks to be needing it in future.. otherwise it will likely form a large mounding shrub with trailing stems...
    It may be a rose originally of cultivation rather than wild, even though it was found in what is now a wasteland, presumably.  The foliage also appears small and semi glossy but without further information, it's hard to be definitive about it..
    East Anglia, England
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,995
    I'd put money on it not being Rosa canina ... the leaves are all wrong as is the habit. 
    I think @Marlorena is right ... as usual  ;) ... it has the look of a young rambler to me too ... reminds me of R. American Pillar ... but of course there are many with similar foliage. 

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

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