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19/10/2013 at 16:12

I have a demented rambling rose growing over an arch.  I cut it back quite hard last year, and had a magnificent display of flowers.  But it has now produced dozens of very long strong new shoots.  What do I do next?  I can't get my head round rose pruning!

19/10/2013 at 16:40

I would remove some of the old shoots completely and tie up the new ones in their place.

19/10/2013 at 17:03

I absolutely agree    That makes three of us. 

19/10/2013 at 21:33

Would you remove any of the new shoots, or shorten them?  There are loads of them!

20/10/2013 at 06:53

Tie the long shoots to the arch, bending them over gently to fit.  Only if the shoots are too long for the arch would I shorten them.  They're what's going to provide the flowers next year. 

Sounds lovely, do you know what variety it is?

Perhaps you could post a photo on here?

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