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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 .

 

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