My fiancee brought the roots and stems of a climbing rose to Atlanta Ga. from Toulouse France. It is Fall and I was wondering how to care for this plant and help it survive the winter. Right now I have it in peat moss and potting soil. Thank you and I hope you can help us. We plan a wedding in the summer and it will be in our garden and hopefully be blooming for the wedding.
In your area, I would recommend placing it outside for the winter. They need a bit of cold. Place it in a sheltered location, like next to the foundation of a house. Pile up mulch around the pot. Make sure it can get rain water where it is and if it can't, you will need to water it once a month.
You can plant it out in the spring. These article will help:
How do I get my 'David Austin' climbing pink rose to start blooming again? Last year I only got two to three flowers. I am in a new season and would like some suggestions.
Sometimes the climbing rosebushes just need a bit of thinning out as they get so overgrown that the bush works too hard keeping all of its foliage going. Other times it may be that the soil, as well as the bush, need some nutrients that they are not getting. I do not know what you are currently feeding your rosebush, but would recommend using a good organic rose food that feeds both the soil and the bush itself. Make sure the bush is getting plenty of sun (6 to 8 hours per day) too. If something is blocking the sun or if you have had a cloudy season, the bloom production may be far less. Look for any signs of insect or disease damage that might be stressing the bush out too. Some insects will attack the buds early on and they just fall off and do not bloom.
My extensive trellis and fencing need painting and I was wondering if the paint will affect the climbing flowers. When would be the best time to do this? [i. e. does it matter if the flowers are in bloom (roses, honeysuckle, wisteria)?]
Your best bet is to carefully pull the plant from the trellis, taking care not to damage it, and then apply your paint. Do not reattach climbing plant until paint is completely dry. Alternatively, you could choose to wait until the plant is dormant, painting the trellis during this time.
It is best to paint trellises in the early spring before any growth has started or on a warm winter day when there is no current growth. The overspray from spray paints can clog leaf pores and cause big problems. If applying brush on paint, it is hard not to drip paint upon the foliage which can also cause big problems to the foliage. Depending on the paint used, the fumes could cause burning of the foliage if done during growing times.
My David Austin 'Blush Noisette' climber, which I planted last year, has bloomed prolifically all year. It has looked particularly healthy until a couple of weeks ago when yellow leaves appeared on one complete central stem. It is planted on a southwest facing wall near the house where it is exposed to quite varied temperatures, from very cold in winter to very hot in summer! My soil tends to be clay but has been mulched often with horse manure and bone meal. Can you give me an indication as to what is wrong and how I can prevent it losing its leaves or worse...dying? Many thanks.
This could be caused by any number of things. This article may help narrow it down: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm
Can I shape a climbing rose into a nice round bush?
You can with some of them. Others just will not stay in the roundish shape and will send new growth out beyond the bounds you would like frequently. I have done it with a climber called Altissimo, beautiful big red blooms. It is a matter of wills sometimes I must admit! If you keep after it and keep the bush trimmed back, it may hold fairly well. With some climbers this will also cause a lack of blooms. With some of the older climbers you may well lose all the blooms as they bloom on the "old wood" or the last years growth. So pruning them back a lot will sacrifice blooms.
Why is my climbing rose bare at the bottom?
As some climbing rosebushes get older and taller, they tend to drop all the foliage at the bottom. This is what we call a bush being "leggy". Many folks plant some nice companion perennial flowering plants at the base of climbing roses and some taller hybrid tea and grandiflora rosebushes. That way we have colorful bloom smiles at the base and up around the top as well. The canes of these climbers act more like supply highways to the upper part of the bush and thus do not want to rob any of those nutrients getting to the upper parts. Kind of a neat action of nature really.
We planted climbing roses, but now they're overtaken by grass. So we put Roundup on the grass and are putting a border around the roses. I want to put some compost in the areas between the roses, to help with the hard soil, then cover the whole area and roses with potting soil, then put weed barrier down, covered by cedar bark. Does that sound right?
It sounds like a good plan. I would be very careful with the Round Up though, a little drift of spray will cause problems with the climbing roses. For the grass and such that are closer to the bushes, try mixing some Round Up in a can and brush it on lightly with a paintbrush. There is a soils amendment out there called Clay Buster that works very well to help break up clayey soils, I know because I deal with it too!! Also I prefer either a shredded wood mulch (natural cedar or brown colored) or 3/4 to 1 1/2 inch gravel. The bark likes to harbor some of the bad guy insects and I have had worse problems with bad molds and funguses using the bark.