Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Prune ram­bler roses

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - SCD

To get the most from a ram­bler rose, par­tic­u­larly one trained against a wall, it should be pruned now. The regime is sim­ple enough. Look at the shoots tied to the wall and the new ones ris­ing from the base. The ob­ject is to cut out the old­est third of shoots right down to the ground and then to tie in the new shoots, thus ex­chang­ing the old for the new. The older shoots will be thick and re­quire lop­pers to cut them. Then, chop the rest of each shoot into handy lengths for re­moval. Tie in the new growths.

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