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Bearing in mind what a mild Winter we have had, I have hesitated to prune my roses, and they are romping away at all angles unchecked! Should I leave them in peace this year? The climbers are not included in this question as they are under control. It's the Shrub Roses and the Hansa

I grow rosa rugosa....they are extremely hardy and I usually prune quite late ie around feb/march time....but it's best to refer to the rhs website for specific breeds and their numerous idiosyncrasies.

punkdoc

Hi. If you are in the North like me I would wait till early March, if in the soft South now would be fine.

artjak

I've just given my roses a prune to get them in good shape; I'm in the Fens and it isn't very cold at the moment.

KEF

I should have read this before asking about pruning roses earlier today  

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I pruned my rugosas really hard last year and they were fabulous afterwards. Do I do this every year, or should I leave them until 2015 as the shapes are good. It is very mild here ( as everywhere I think) My neighbour succeeded in nearly murdering my roses last year when he tried to kill his conifer hedge. I lost nearly all my shrubs my side, so hesitate to prune too hard after this set back. Should I just tip to the nearest leaf bud perhaps?

Roger  Brook

An expert rose grower once told me "you can prune them hard, you can prune them light, you can prune them early, you can prune them late, they will still flower!"

 

Edd
Roger Brook wrote (see)

An expert rose grower once told me "you can prune them hard, you can prune them light, you can prune them early, you can prune them late, they will still flower!"

 

I know a man who goes over his with a lawn mower and has fantastic results every year.

Lawnmower's a bit drastic! Sounds like my husband, It never ceases to amaze me what he 'didn't see'!!

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