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Q.Climbing/rambling Rose Never Trained

Zone LE129NR | Anonymous added on July 21, 2022 | Answered

I’ve just moved into an old house which has a very untrained or unprimed climbing or rambling rose I don’t know which it is. But it has one very thick about 1” diameter main stem which goes up about 15 foot before it has any branches or leaves on it. So all the flowers are about 15foot in the air can I really hard prune it and cut the main stem down to about 2foot so I can train it across the wall ? If so when is the best time ? I don’t want to kill it as it had lovely big yellow flowers on at the end of June. Could you offer any help?

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Answered on July 28, 2022

Yes. You can cut it back to about 6 inches and it should send up new shoots. You also could try rooting some of the top growth that is cut off and make new plants for yourself or others. Here is more:




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