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Pruning the ramblers

Posted by Rosemoor Garden on 02 Dec 2009 at 10:04 AM

We have started the pruning of our roses here at Rosemoor and the first group to get our attention are the rambling roses. We grow late flowering Clematis with most of our ramblers to extend the season of interest, generally ramblers do not have a second flush of blooms, so the Clematis carry  the display after the roses have done their bit.

The first step is to remove the old stems of the Clematis by cutting them away from the rose stems.


Once the Clematis is removed I then cut all the ties that have supported the rose, allowing the stems to be spread around its support, in our case this is often a pillar but the same principal applies to those that are grown with the support of a wall, I then separate the stems from each other, untangling them and laying them out around the support in the order that they arise from the base.


Ramblers flower better on new stems, so I select these first for re-tying in, it’s fairly simple to tell the new from the old, the new are usually brighter green and have no side growths


In the picture above the stem on the left is a new stem that hasn’t flowered, the stem on the right is older and has side branches that carried last years blooms.

    If your rambler hasn’t produced enough new stems select some of the best of the older ones so the pillar or whatever your support is, is fully clothed with stems, those stems that are left and are not going to be used I cut off at ground level, this will encourage the rose to send out a fresh crop of new stems for next year

Written by Phil Scott



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