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08/03/2013 at 21:47

hi im new to gardening and have a really old looking rose shrub in my garden.its really tall.i dont know what type it is or when or how to prune it.can anyone offer any advice?thank you.

08/03/2013 at 21:52

Hi Rebecca

Have you got a pic to show what sort of rose you've got there? (bushy, tall &leggy?) 

08/03/2013 at 21:52

Have you a photo. Can give you better advice if I can see what it looks like. 

08/03/2013 at 21:52

Most roses are pruned now and respond to cutting back hard-rose pruning sounds complicated but really isn't-it is a matter of removing dead material,cutting out crossing branches and then pruning to an outward pointing bud

This probably explains it better than I can


08/03/2013 at 21:55

hi,thank you for answering.i havent got a photo although i can take one over the weekend,stems are thick and its almost as tall as me...5ftish.

08/03/2013 at 21:59

its not bushy just tall,leggy,looks old un loved .

08/03/2013 at 22:01

You can safely cut it back to 2 feet perhaps even less-but a picture always helps

08/03/2013 at 22:04

You can still rescue it and make it happy. Fairly resilient plants.

08/03/2013 at 22:05

thank you

09/03/2013 at 10:15

Yes, prune it back now as Geoff and the RHS website advise then give it some fertiliser as described here 

When it blooms have a look on this site and see if you can identify it 

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