Hard pruning of roses

 Is it safe to prune my roses quite hard now before winter?  they have grown vey tall this year and I am afraid they may suffer if we have high winds this year.  Most advice is not to prune until spring, so I am not sure what damage I may do giving them a good prune now.  Any advice gratefully received.  Thanks

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,657

    If you're in a windy spot where roses can suffer from windrock I would take the top one third off in early November, and then prune properly at the end of February/beg of March, depending on the weather. 

    Don't do the hard pruning now as it may stimulate gender new growth which would be damaged by frost.

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  • ah lovely thank you - I do sometimes find the advice on pruning roses a bit confusing but that makes sense, 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,657

    'gender' new growth????????????  sorry, am typing with a splint on - I meant 'tender' image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,541

    I do exactly as Dove says - a third off now, then a proper prune in Feb/march

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,657
    chicky wrote (see)

    I do exactly as Dove says ...........

    I wish everyone would - life would be so much simpler image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,541

    imageimageimage

    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
  • Sorry Dove never did do as I was told so do it in a different way. Take the hedge trimmer to the top half straight across clean up the area and leave for spring. Prune as normal in spring as I have done for the last twenty years and always a good show, but then I grow them for me not for the local garden show.

    A neighbour spends hours pruning titivating wrapping covering and generally wet nursing his roses to put three in a vase at the show and come second?? Why Bother I ask? He has belaboured my ears many times on the correct way of doing it so how come I have two lovely flushes of roses on most bushes every year and he does not?

    The mind boggles, Frank.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,572

    Doves right again I have some new Gender growth on my massacred black spot old Red Alec h/t i cut it right back 3 weeks ago to get rid of the b/Spot as i couldn't stand the mess any longer but now iv new gender growth so dont do it again Alan ,so another to late lesson in the bank for me.In future i did Franks way,,get it image 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,657

    Chuckle image

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,949

    I have been itching to cut back my roses for weeks now despite the late bloomers - they have grown so tall and are so untidy. I will probably try to wait another couple of weeks and then prune fairly hard. I only ever prune them at the back end, never in spring, and they do ok. Even with the harsh winters in Scotland. Each to their own.

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