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Essentials of Growing Climbing Roses

Rose garden enthusiasts all have their own particular favorite variety of rose, and there are plenty of sizes, shapes and colors to choose from. Many rose growers love to have an ornamental climbing rose meandering around an arbor or trellis, garden structures, archways, and any surface you wish to lavish with blooms.

 Growing climbing roses provides a different set of challenges than other rose varieties. For one thing, they need to be trained to grow laterally to cover their intended platform. Lacking the intrinsic support structure of vines, climbing roses are lacking the ability to cling to surfaces and the rose grower must manipulate them to ramble properly. 

Climbing rose growers loosely affix the plant to the arbor or trellis, then train the new growth to grow laterally rather than vertically, which produces more blooms. Growing climbing roses requires the same amount of sunlight and watering as other versions of the bloom. It is important to note that even though they’re known to do well in some shade, they still need their four- to five-hour daily dose of direct sunlight to grow and thrive. 

Depending on which species of climbing rose you choose, you need to ready your garden to accommodate its size. Climbing roses can reach 30-feet in length, and must have a structure that can support them. In part, the climate you live in plays a role in the height your climbing roses will achieve. Keep this in mind when choosing they type of plant you place in your garden.  You can try achieving different results in your garden with some varieties of climbing roses that bloom only in the spring, and others that are ever bloomers, producing new flowers continuously from spring to late fall. throughout the growing season.

 Pruning is not as vital to climbing roses as it is to other varieties, and in fact climbing roses don’t need pruning at all in their first two years. Pruning them yearly will result in your climbing roses producing fewer blooms. Climbing roses only need pruning  growers once every three to four years, which involves no more than removing undersized and spent canes that form at the base of the plant. The new, active canes are more readily managed to evolve into long, flexible sections and to mold to the structure they’re meant to cover.  

Preparing your climbing roses for winter takes some vigilance, but with a few precautions they will weather the cold months without harm. First, detach them from the structure on which they are growing and wrap them carefully in an insulating textile to protect them from freezing temperatures. Next, place the climbers back on the structure and cover the base of the plant with mulch or soil, and wrap it in burlap. When the warmer temperatures of spring return, you only need to remove the winter wrap and reattach the plant to its structure.  

Patience is a necessity with climbing roses, since they are slow starters and take a bit of time to establish. Soon enough, however, they will be delighting you with fragrance and blooms throughout the summer and fall months.

Pat Sheriden is a Rose Gardening enthusiast. For more great information on Growing Climbing Roses, Visit Rose Gardening.
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