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Rosa glauca … pruning advice please …

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,847
I have a very happy and glorious Rosa glauca that’ll soon be outgrowing it’s allotted space in the border. 
I’d always understood that it was best pruned after flowering, but some sites advise pruning in March … what do you do?

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



  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    I hard prune once the hips have dried - but not down to sticks-  ,and throughout the summer , nip off anything that gets too long  .

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,702
    I prune in March, if at all, mostly dead or tatty bits. Rosa Glauca has lovely hips so don't prune after flowering.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 4,256
    I prune each March. I am sure it doesn't flower so well so less hips but the leaves are stunning.

    A good gardener's eye sees more to be improved. Robin Lane Fox
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    Beautiful leaves .wonderful shiny hips, pretty little flowers.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,889
    I do mine in spring - at the same time as the other roses and other shrubs in that area. I couldn't reach it in high summer without trampling loads of stuff underfoot and I find it easier dealing with the winter skeleton to work out the best stems etc to shorten or remove.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,685
    I never used to prune mine. Its against a hawthorn hedge. Last summer my nephew came to help to do the hedge. Just make sure you miss that rose I said.....
    I'll tell you how it got on later in the year.  It is currently stumps.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    edited March 2022
    Stumps are not good. I had one growing too close to an acer and I had to make a decision😕. The RG had to be hacked to stumps. I hoped maybe I could keep it smaller but I think it's dead . I have a youngun in a good place but it was grown from seed and it will take years to reach its full potential.
    Shall we compare stumps in a few months @fidgetbones? Good luck with yours - and mine.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,685
    Doves and mine came from the same seed packet, they do flower in a couple of years from seed.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,847
    It does flower remarkably well @fidgetbones 🙏 … I’ve not pruned it at all yet, and I didn’t want to lose blooms by pruning it at the wrong time, if avoidable. 

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

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,685
    Usually I just snip off bits that get too long and hang over the path.  I do the same to an old fashioned shrub rose, just tidy it up a bit. Severe pruning means it sulks for a year.
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