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14/05/2014 at 20:44

Hi Everyone,

I had a lovely round rose tree but due to working away a lot in the last year it has been neglected and gone all leggy. Can I ask how I can return it to a nice ball, should I just go wild and snip away until I'm happy with the shape?

I know nothing about cutting roses back

 

 

PS The picture on my computer is the right way around but when I upload it this site rotates it

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14/05/2014 at 20:49

I,m no expert at all though I love roses, my Gertrude Jekyll was leggy after the 1st year or 2 as I was busy away a lot I waited til correct time to prune-autumn or early spring,and after 2 years of hardish pruning she, s a lovely shape , I,m sure more experienced people than me will respond

14/05/2014 at 20:56

I would gently cut away the branches that are flapping around, remove the plants/weeds at the base, give it some rose food or well rotted horse manure. In the Autumn, please plant it in a larger pot, with Fish Blood and Bonemeal mixed in with the fresh compost, place the new container on a large saucer, so that it can suck up some water when you are not there. I love this way of growing roses, I have 2 half standards by the front door and they are much admired.

Bear in mind that a rose that is confined like this does need feeding, dead-heading it will ensure many blooms.

14/05/2014 at 20:58

...and cut it back again in the Autumn and possibly shape it more precisely in late Feb next year.

14/05/2014 at 22:01

Thanks for the advice people

One thing I forgot to mention is the rose now has lots of buds ready to pop, should I still cut it back or wait for flowering to finish?

14/05/2014 at 23:41

I would wait for flowering to finish, seems a shame to miss the flowers. Just neaten up the left side a bit, it's not really the time of year to prune. The rose needs its leaves in summer. Do what Artjak says in autumn and February and keep it fed and watered.

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