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Hi, I'm new to the forum (and garndening I suppose) so hopefully I've posted in the correct area...!
I have recently moved into a house which was previously occupied by an old lady. The term mature garden comes to mind, although in reality, there are a rather large amount of mature plants which have been left to grow and grow without any TLC.
Which brings me to a climbing rose which is sited on a south facing fence. It has clearly had some pruning over the years, but this is a mature rose with thick stems and utter chaos with competing branches!
I could just whip it out and buy a new one but there seems to be some romance surrounding the idea of breathing new life into the old rose.
Now this is where I could do with some advice please. I don't just want to hack it down to the base if thats not the right thing to do. What should I do and when? Can this plant be pruned hard back or not?
Any help would be appreciated... many thanks
Firstly -roses respond well to heavy pruning-even if you cut this hard back it would still flower next year
I would be selective-take out the really thick branches, any really spindly stiff anything crossing and rubbing-so thinning out basically-you can do that now to stop it being top heavy-then do a proper pruning job in February -cutting back just above a bud
And tie in to supports horizontally
More on rose pruning here