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.
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.