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Pruning Rosa 'Canary Bird'

  • Pruning Rosa 'Canary Bird'
  • Pruning Rosa 'Canary Bird'

When is the right time and correct way to prune this rose? It's flowering now so assume it's not pruned the same time as my other roses in February. It is lovely but getting far to big as you can see from the picture. I noticed it spreads around by suckers and all I've done to it so far is cut some of these out although they do just seem to grow back.

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    Canary Bird is grown for its graceful, almost weeping appearance. It doesn't really like being pruned - not only can this spoil this appearance, but it can result in die back. If you have to do it, wait until after the flowers have faded, then start by completely cutting out dead, damaged and crossing stems to ground level or just above. Then completely cut out the very oldest stems. I would then leave it at that.

  2. Grower

    Kathy Peck

    Thankyou Geoff so glad I asked before I got the pruners out :-) I'd hate to lose it, I'll do as you say and just cut out any dead branches, it's only perennials that its encroaching on and they can be moved.

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