Mod­ern shrub and English roses

Un­like bush roses, the more that mod­ern shrub and English roses are cut back, the more leafy growth they’ll pro­duce at the ex­pense of blooms. They need an es­tab­lished frame­work of branch­ing stems on which to bear their flow­er­ing shoots in sum­mer.

Gardeners' World - - Roses Pruning -

1 MOD­ERN SHRUB and English roses can be­come tall and strag­gly, so as­sess which are the old­est, thick­est stems to re­move. If nec­es­sary, cut back the thin, twiggy tips of the branches to stop them snag­ging on cloth­ing.

2 USE LOPPERS to cut out one or two of the old­est stems to the base to en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of new vig­or­ous, re­place­ment shoots from low down on the plant.

3 CUT BACK around a third of the re­main­ing thick stems to around half their height, prun­ing with se­ca­teurs to just above a bud that faces out from the cen­tre of the plant.

4 LIGHTLY PRUNE BACK the rest of the plant, cut­ting the thin­ner stems higher up. Aim to re­move around a third of the top growth and, again, cut to an out­ward-fac­ing bud.

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Fe­bru­ary 2018 5 RE­MOVE ANY stems crowd­ing the cen­tre of the plant to al­low air to cir­cu­late dur­ing the com­ing grow­ing sea­son. This will re­duce the chance of pests and dis­eases tak­ing hold.

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