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Charles de Mills pruning

Charles de Mills pruning

I've attached a photo of one of my Charles de Mills old fashioned roses. I'm confused in how to prune. If you can see, there are many, many stems. Most of them are brownish with green shoots coming off them at the top. Is this a result of poor previous pruning? Any suggestions? Thanks Janis celticjanis, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare Posted: 08/01/2018

Yes it is the result of previous pruning done without some thinning as well.

Thin the stems by about one in five each year and shorten the green shoots by one-third or half .


Old Fashioned Roses

I have the following roses in my garden: Ferdinard Prichard-Hybrid Perpetual Charles de Mills-Gallica Iceburg climbing Veilchenblau - hybrid multiflora rambler Fred Loads - shrub rose and a couple of Hybrid Musk can you advise on how to prune each? I get so confused between pruning the whole bush by 1/3; and/or cutting it all back to 15cm; and/or just prune out the deadwood. celticjanis, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare Posted: 08/01/2018


Only bedding roses are pruned hard back each year.

Shrub roses are tidied up or not pruned at all.

Repeat flowering climbers are pruned back to the main stems in autumn or winter.

Once-flowering climbers and ramblers are pruned soon after the flush of flowers, but only if necessary to reduce size.

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  Pruning roses

Pruning roses

Can you please help me? I've attached a photo of one of my rose bushes...can you advise me how to prune ? celticjanis, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare Posted: 06/01/2018

Rose bushes need to be pruned each winter to keep them to size and flowering well.

Get a lopping shears for pruning as it has long handles, more cutting power and keeps you out of the thorns.

Prune out any dead stems ... these will be brown and dry inside.

Then prune out some of the older wood, close to ground level. These will be brown or dark green and alive inside.

Shorten back the remaining green or re-tinged shoots to about 15 to 30cm... these will produce new shoots that will floer in summer.

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Pruning Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'

Can you please tell me when is best to prune this. I am getting conflicting advice on internet. It is about 15ft high and has really thrived but it needs some control. It has blossomed already. Do I wait till winter or can I cut back now? I don't want to jeapordize next years display. Also, how far back do I prune? I am a new comer to roses and really enjoying it. Teatime39, Waterford, Posted: 13/07/2017

Rosa banksiae flowers early and can be lightly pruned after flowering, removing some old branches aand shortening others by up to one-third if necessary.

Ideally this is done immediately after flowering but shortening a bit now, if needs be. 

  problem with rose bush branches falling over

problem with rose bush branches falling over

we have four David Austin shrub roses very vigorous and floriferous. every may/june as they are growing strongly, branches which start from low down on the bushes fall over at the point where they grow from the main stem, and die. is it something i am doing when i pruned? with the heavy rain and wind this last week it has been worse than ever. kind regards Grainne (shagra) shagra, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford Posted: 06/06/2017

They appear to have been pruned too hard for shrub roses and fed too well at the same time. They are breaking away from the branch and withering.

  rose sucker

rose sucker

The picture attached is a Galway Bay rose I planted late last year. It is growing well. My Dad (RIP) was always concerned about rose suckers. He said it was very important to remove them. The Rose Expert book says that "if nothing is done to check this growth then suckers may take over the plant completely and the bush will have reverted". What does this mean? And more importantly, is the one in the picture a sucker? henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 30/07/2016

Suckers come from the root-stock, which is a form of wild rose, and they do need to be removed. The shoot in the photo is not a sucker ...it is just a new shoot that has arisen from the base. Suckers are usually greener, more slender, wilder-looking, have 7 leaflets and pale pink, small flowers.  


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