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Pruning advice please

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We have a ‘Rambling Rector’ Rose climbing up and over a wooden arch in the garden and, for whatever reasons, it has not been pruned this year and is looking a real mess now!

There is so much conflicting advice on-line for the pruning of it so I am hoping for some good advice from GoY members as to where to begin.

These photos should show what a state it is now in …

There are currently two Clematis, one either side of the arch, along with annual Mina Lobata and Ipomoea so pruning the Rose is not going to be a simple task!

The next photo is from 2013 and the Rose is now 8 years old.

Thanks for reading this.

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Oh Shirley, you have a beautiful rose there, I do hope someone will have good advice for you! I guess it might help if the Clems were about to die down?

4 Oct, 2019

 

Shirley,it looks a very pretty rose....I don't have any ramblers,the only bit of advice is that the lateral stems have to be trimmed by about two thirds..other than that I really cant help you.There is a dense amount of growth on it,which may be difficult...hope you have some help on here.

4 Oct, 2019

 

Thanks ladies ... I just noticed in the first photo it looks as though all that growth is the rambler ... the really tall stuff is the plum tree in the garden behind!!

4 Oct, 2019

 

Shirley I have found a couple of pages on how to prune rambling roses:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=169

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/pruning_ramblingrose1.shtml

I looked at a YouTube video that seemed pretty good but I thought perhaps these 2 sites would be sufficient

4 Oct, 2019

 

It looks lovely in the last photo Shirley, I hope someone can tell you how to prune it 'properly' so that it flowers nicely next year.
I am sorry I can't help you with advice on that because I am not good with roses. I just chop them down wherever I can get around to it in the spring :)

4 Oct, 2019

 

Balcony, many thanks for that information, most helpful ... :o)

Hywel, that was a very good year for it but, sadly, that arch rotted in the ground and had to be removed. I took great care with the Rose and laid it out across the ground before husband and son, with their clumsy feet, erected the new arch!

4 Oct, 2019

 

I agree, it’s a real beauty in the last pic! Full of blooms.

5 Oct, 2019

 

OH did most of ours a month ago, but here goes cut all the straggling skinny growth back to main stem, and the rest of the branches that are growing from the main stem to about 4 ins all the way along, does that make sense? he does this on all our ramblers.......he hasn't done Madame Alfred Carriere yet as she is still flowering!
Hope this helps Shirley!!...(. ❛ ᴗ ❛.)

5 Oct, 2019

 

Brilliant advice Dotty ... thanks so much ... :o))

5 Oct, 2019

 

Your more than welcome Shirley.....(✿ ♡‿♡)

5 Oct, 2019

 

Dotty, Rose and shrub pruning done this morning!

6 Oct, 2019

 

Result! How satisfying Shirley . . . you obviously came to the right place for expert advice 🙂.

6 Oct, 2019

 

Glad to be of help, Shirley! Hope the pages helped you to decide how to prune for the best results next year.

6 Oct, 2019

 

Sheila, GoY is my 'go to' place for gardening advice!

They were very helpful Balcony ... many thanks ... :o)

7 Oct, 2019

 

Yes, aren’t we lucky to have GoY?!

7 Oct, 2019

 

Would be quite lost(gardening wise)without it...glad you recieved the help you wanted,Shirley.

7 Oct, 2019

 

Another gardening site I posted on for about 10 years called MyFolia hung up their "gardening boots" last month. It was different from GoY but I had used it for 10 years. It had become rather "run down" in the last couple of years & the owners reluctantly had to close it down.

At one point a few weeks ago I though GoY was going down the same path! :( I hope GoY continues for many more years into the future. :)

8 Oct, 2019

 

Sheila & Meadowland, I have to admit that I look in on GoY most days.

Balcony, shame that gardening site has closed down ... :o(

9 Oct, 2019

 

I Inherited a rambler in my garden and chopped it down to a foot tall last year, it's ten years or more since any pruning was done here, anyway, it's come back, no flowers yet so I won't hard prune this year, just shaping. Not advice as such, just ideas. GL.

10 Oct, 2019

 

Let's hope it flowers well for you next year.

11 Oct, 2019

 

Shirley don't worry , I promise you you can't hurt a Rambling rector ,I had one in my previous garden it grew through and to the top of a very tall holly tree ,I use to chop bits off willy-Nilly to control it, i cut it to the ground one year it still popped up again very quickly plus you can easily take cuttings from the stems you cut of ..

25 Nov, 2019

 

Amy, that has made me smile! "You can't hurt a Rambling rector" ... watch this space! :o))

25 Nov, 2019

 

Lol I'll watch with interest ;o))

26 Nov, 2019

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