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Karolina Porter

I pruned my rose quite hard in April. It loved it and it now grows very vigorously. It has a lot of new strong shoots coming from the base which will cross with the existing branches. What should I do? Should I just leave it or shouold I cut the crossing branches to give the new shoots some space? Many thanks, Karolina

Alina W

It's best to remove crossing branches to give the plant plenty of air, but you will obviously lose flowers. As a compromise, you could wait until they've flowered and then remove the branches.

In future, though, prune to an outward-facing bud to avoid the problem, and don't prune too hard unless your rose is a hybrid tea.

Karolina Porter

To be honest I have no idea what sort of roses are they  I recently moved in to the new house with this lovely garden. I don't have much gardening expirience. Before I just had a small backyard with few containers. The roses grow quite tall and have been wraped around my patio posts. They had a lovely big flowers last year. A friend of mine thinks they are climbers. I am not quite sure. How can I tell?

Alina W

If they're tall and wrapped around posts then they are climbers, and don't need pruning other than to keep them in bounds - they're supposed to be tall. In future, just remove one or two of the oldest branches to the base so that you have a constant supply of healthy young branches that will flower well.

Alina W

By the way, April is a bit late to prune - Early March is better unless you're in a very cold area.

With the rest of your new garden, find out what the plants are before attempting to prune them, or you may cut off the year's flowers or damage the plants.

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