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How should I prune these roses?

SplandySplandy Posts: 161


I have a few roses which are way too tall.a couple of them are very thick at the bottom, almost like a tree trunk. How should I go about pruning these? Thanks image


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Do you know what type of roses those tall ones are?   If they are getting in the way then most roses will happily regenerate if you cut them back to about knee height although on some types you will lose flowers for this year.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • SplandySplandy Posts: 161

    No idea, sorry. The previous owner planted them. All I know is the flowers are red! I don't mind losing flowers for a year, just wasn't sure whether they could regrow from such a thick trunk.

  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444

    Have you thought about pegging them?

    to peg them you take the long canes that are growing and either tie them back down to the round or to the plant itself. Roses love to be pegged and you will get a better shape for your rose and a lot more flowers from the pegged canes.

    you could also just prune some of the older woody canes out to improve the shape.

    To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

  • SplandySplandy Posts: 161

    Thanks for that suggestion, I've never heard of pegging. Sounds interesting, i'll look it up.

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