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Pruning roses, beginner info

Hi there.

I have two separate rose plants to prune. The one that is on my wall (I don't think it's a proper climbing rose) has big rosehips on it. Should I leave those, or prune them? The other one doesn't seem to have any hips at all, so plan to just prune above shoots.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,899

    Hi RG image

    This  might give you some idea.

    Maybe you could post a picture of the one on the wall and we might be able to work out whether it's a climber, rambler or ......... ???

    To post a pic on here click on the little tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions image

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  • Here you go! Thank you image





  • Anyone know what type of roses these two are?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,899

    Hi, sorry - I'm not sure what's happened there - I typed a long post yesterday - perhaps I forgot to hit submit imageimage

    Anyway, that first one looks like a climber to me -  but it's not been trained and pruned terribly well.  I'd cut it all right down to about 12" from the ground - I know that seems drastic, but it will put out new growth from the base and then you can train it properly.   Doing this does mean that you may not get blooms this summer, but it will be unrecognisably better in future years image

    It will need a bigger trellis or vine eyes and wires fixed to the wall - then the new growth should be trained as near to the horizontal as possible as this will encourage it to put out side shoots which is where most of the blooms will appear. When the plant has developed  and been trained properly it should be in a sort of fan shape.  

    If it grows straight up as it is at the moment it will just have flowers at the top way above your head image 

    There's some info here which may be clearer

    The other rose looks like a bush or shrub type rose and should be pruned as per the diagram in the David Austin link I posted earlier. 

    Both of them should have a circle of at least 18" diameter of clear soil at their base, so that you can give them a feed of Fish Blood and Bone and a mulch of well rotted farm yard manure or garden compost.  Don't let the manure touch the stem of the bush or it will burn and damage it. 

    When they flower post some pics on here and we can have a go at naming them image

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

  • Wow that's every so helpful! Thank you so much!

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