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Alfie_Alfie_ Posts: 225

Please could people confirm if I am going to tackle pruning correctly. 

Here is a 2 year old rose:

I was going to take a third off which will take most of the new red growth off, trying to choose outward facing buds.

This is my Lions Fairytale. Last year it flowers prolifically and I did no pruning at all just dead headed in early spring. It’s well established. It leans quite a bit to the right. I’m planning on removing a third and taking out all the many crossing branches in the middle. Hopefully reducing it by a third will get it to sit more upright. 

Is that a good plan? I am planning on doing it this weekend. Sorry for rotated images! 


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,443
    Yes that would be a good idea in both cases, assuming the first one is a repeat flowering rose... 
    East Anglia, England
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,014
    Yes, good idea. The 2nd one could do with being thinned, especially the little twiggy stems.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Alfie_Alfie_ Posts: 225
    @Busy-Lizzie thanks. How do you rotate the images like that? I’ve tried rotating them on my phone first but they always end up rotated in the forum still. 

    First year roses like this Princess Anne were all the stems are really thin I was just going to not prune at all  - is that right?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,014
    edited 17 February
    You have to edit and reduce the size of the photo, only a little bit. There is a glitch on this site.

    The weak stems won't flower well and will take energy from the plant, best to remove them. That rose looks quite congested.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,014
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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