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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.  

  A rose that jug Ashton flowered

A rose that jug Ashton flowered

I bought a climber rose about 6 years ago and it used to flower with lovely red flowers. I'd cut it back every year. But over the last two years it's gone very strange. Last year it had pink flowers and very few red. This year it's just bolted and no sign of any bud at all. Is it time to dig it out? Any advice would be great. Im sorry I don't know the name of the rose. Summer2016, Ballineen , Co Cork Posted: 03/07/2016

The rootstock has sent up suckers and these have taken over..with small pink flowers.

The red-flowered top may have died at the graft union at soil level. 


rosa rugosa thorny and non thorny stems

Some of the stems on my Rosa rugosa are very thorny and some have very few thorns at all. Is this normal? Should I cut out the very thorny ones ? celticjanis, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare Posted: 21/03/2016

Yes it is normal and related to vigorous growth... strong shoots have more thorns. But they are very thorny with small spines. There is no advantage to pruning the more thorny ones. In fact, it is likely to encourage more.


rose pruning

Is it too late to prune roses in early March? Alan S, moate, Co Westmeath Posted: 06/03/2016

Rose bushes should be pruned in January, but better late than never.


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