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B3B3 Posts: 26,994

Why are we advised to prune roses in autumn or winter?

Does it really make any difference? I do it throughout the year. Am I taking an unnecessary risk?

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,735

    If they're left unpruned, they can succumb to "wind rock" which basically blows them about and loosens the part where it meets the ground which can , in turn, cause root damage.

    If left unpruned until Spring, some say it's a waste of the plant's energy as they try to produce buds at the tops of the shoots, then you come along and chop those bits off. Far better to have the energy go into forming buds on the pruned shoots. 

    Others will differ, but methinks that's the "winter pruning theory"

    "tidying up" pruning can be done at any time.

    Last edited: 30 August 2016 08:45:31

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994

    Thanks hosta. The reason I asked is that I've freed up some space behind a mature albertine and it's flopping about in the wrong direction so it's not practical to tie it to the fence. Would like to prune it right back and start again.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Might be a little early yet. It'll probably produce more flower as there's plenty of growing time before the colder weather.


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994

    It's got a few on it now so I'll wait a little while Hortum -but not long image

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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