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Glaucous rose

B3B3 Posts: 25,206

I have a mature glaucous rose which has got a bit leggy and has not flowered as well this year. It is doing battle with a nearby acer which will be pruned later in the year.  should I cut it back hard or give it the usual light, cosmetic prune?

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,882

    Nice plant B3 - one of my favourites.image

    If it's a mature specimen I would do the usual removal of dead, diseased, crossing branches plus remove a couple (few?  - depends how many there are) of the oldest stems down to ground level in late winter. A good mulch & feed and it should be stimulated to throw up some new productive stems.

    The RHS recommend removal of a few old stems each year to prevent congestion in the centre of the shrub and promote new growth. I cut an old neglected glauca back completely (over three seasons) & was quickly rewarded with lots of new healthy and productive growth.


    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,206

    Thanks topbird. It's one of my favourites too.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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