Wild rose

Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
I have a wild rose on one side planted by previous owner of land. Do I prune it down for thicker growth , leave it ? I hate the prickly stems but lovely flowers and hips .


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    I'd prune the older growth out. wild roses are very large plants with long wavy stems, very painful as you've found. If they get up into trees they're quite hard to pull out when they die off which they do often. Naturally they make great thickets, a bit like bramble with dead stuff inside and live growing away. Not pretty for a garden. 


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Hack it back as much as you want-it will bounce back-probably quite painfullyimage

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    It's only about 5ft high and on its own, running itself along the fence to pergola ...handy that , should be nice with honeysuckle. I shall armour myself up and have a hack ,thanks.
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