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Question from Beverley Lee
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I have a Rosa 'Compassion' growing on one side (and over) a pergola which surrounds a walkway. I prune it back in the winter to a framework of horizontal stems but throughout the summer the stems that grow from the framework are very long in length before they flower and this makes walking through the pergola a little risky ! Are long growth spurs a feature of this rose or am I pruning it incorrectly?
Reply from Vicky Page
You are doing nothing wrong, Roses, depending on type, need to put on a certain length of growth each year before they flower, my best advice to you would be to tie in the new branches when they are young and fairly flexible. When you prune look at the angle of the bud you have pruned to, this will give you a hint at which direction it will grow out at so you can aim the new growth away from the walk way. :)
All the best