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These general tips for rose pruning will help you improve the health and lifespan of any rose.
Prevent suckers taking over by cutting them off at their point of origin.
The following tips are for all roses. However, there is more detailed pruning advice available for specific types;
Late winter (February or March) is often a good time for pruning roses but see the individual rose profiles above for more specific timing.
When tackling roses bear the following in mind;
These tips should be read in conjunction with the appropriate rose pruning profile.
Perhaps if you've inherited a rose or lost the label - you may not know what type of rose you have. In which case, follow our basic tips below to get you started. Prune in February or March.
If your rose has long arching stems, is very tall or needs some sort of support to hold it up then it is most likely a climber or rambler.
Very small roses are easy to recognise so follow our guide for patio and miniature roses. Larger roses might be any number of types, from hybrid tea and floribunda to species and shrub roses. If in doubt;
Feed all pruned roses with a general purpose or rose fertiliser in spring. Mulch with garden compost or manure.
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