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By Dreeny8

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom Gb

It's that time again when you start thinking of pruning,
especially the roses. My Climbing Rose is now two and half years old and I believe this is the time for its first real "hacking". The internet gives a lot of conflicting opinions on the subject which leaves me confused. It needs a good tidy up having become too big for its allocated spot, how much can I safely remove without
damaging any new growth/shoots. Many thanks friends.




They do say, if you prune early, new growth starts. In February there is often a vicious cold snap and new growth is damaged. Then there is a set back. If pruning is held off to end of February, the spring flush of growth won't get damaged. I think the 'do it any old time' outlook comes from a current tendency not to want any rules to have to be followed. Just do it, follow your own inclination, if that is what you want to do. I took one of my county roses right back to 6 inches 3 seasons ago in early March. Now it is back in all its straggly glory and will get the chop again, but not just yet.

30 Jan, 2012


My advice is to follow what you're doing currently - think about pruning, but don't do it yet. It's too early, and we're already at the beginning of a cold period and we don't know how long that will go on for. Wait till last week of February or first week of March to do the proper prune - and do it then regardless of the weather conditions.

30 Jan, 2012


Thank-u for replies so far. I have to emphasise "I am
thinking about pruning". With this very cold snap I cannot get motivated at all to venture outside yet. Plenty waiting for me I know. I suspect many of you are feeling the same!!


30 Jan, 2012

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