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Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. If left, rambling roses can become a tangled mess of branches with very few flowers. Although often considered complicated, rose pruning is not difficult if you follow this guide. These roses fall into RHS Pruning group 18.
This method is suitable for rambling roses. Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between a climbing rose and a rambling rose. The easiest way to tell the difference is to take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer, while a rambling rose usually flowers only once, normally around June.
Deadheading can be done whenever flowers have faded unless hips are a particular feature.
Roses belonging to other groups are dealt with separately;
Ramblers are routinely pruned in late summer, after their show of flowers and hips.
Renovation can be carried out at any time between late autumn and late winter. It is easier to see what you are doing when the rose is not in leaf, plus there is a better response from the rose, which should grow back vigorously the following spring.
Rose pruning can be covered in some general tips and in more specific detail depending on the maturity of the rambler;
Roses can suffer from a range of common rose problems, including replant disease, rose dieback, rose powdery mildew, rose black spot, rose rust, rose aphids, rose leaf rolling sawfly and rose large sawfly.
Rose blindness (lack of flowers) may be due to incorrect pruning or unsuitable growing conditions.
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nestanic on 03/07/2018
My Rambling Rector regularly puts up long flowerless shoots beyond its arch support and it's a constant battle to lop them while I can still reach them. Am I making the problem worse by doing this several times a year (because they are weighty and unsightly) instead of only waiting till flowering is over and leaving them at other times?
suze on 09/07/2018
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Kniphofia on 06/08/2018
Sonia do you have your email address as your user name?
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