Gardening Q&A: is pruning to blame for the lack of flowering in rambling rose?

Can pruning be to blame for the lack of flowering in my rambling rose and is this easily fixed?
Question: I pruned my rambling rose and have not seen any flowering last year.  I would be grateful if you could advise me about how I can remedy this.
 
Answer: As long as you did not prune your rose too late, or too much too early in its life, it is unlikely that pruning is the cause of the non flowering.
 
Just for the revision though - rambling roses are pruned after flowering in late summer, so the stems are still pliable and you can tie them onto wires. If the rose was newly planted and pruned last year, or even the year before, it may be that root establishment is taking priority over flowering and that this year will bring an impressive display of blooms.
 
Once you have created a framework with fanned out stems and the supports have been covered, thin and shorten excessive growth by removing one in three of the oldest stems entirely, again after flowering.

Another way of managing the rose, especially if space is restricted is to prune out all stems that have flowered and tie new ones in to take their place.  Finally, shorten side shoots by about two-thirds.

Reasons for non-flowering can include dryness at the roots, overfeeding with fertiliser high in nitrogen or insufficient sunshine to ripen the flowering wood. We have produced a web page on this very topic, since it is one we are asked from time to time: non-flowering woody plants

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