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Questions About Climbing Roses

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 7, 2016

Q. training climbing rose on fence

I have a Cecile Bruener climbing rose I’m wanting to train along a 3 ft split-rail fence. Should I clip off the long canes growing the opposite direction from the fence? This is the second year of growth for the rose and I have two long healthy canes coming straight out from the fence into the parking area, yet there is plenty of room for growth.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 8, 2016
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Is there any way to tie those wayward canes to the split rail fence and in a way that would be aesthetic to you? Just thought I would present that option before we got the pruning shears out. You can read more about training roses on fences here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/roses-on-fences.htm

During the first two years, pruning of cecile brunner canes should be done sparingly and only for the purpose of training canes along your fence. The best time to prune is after the spring bloom. Pinpoint which canes are growing undesirably and prune them 18 inches above the base of the plant or at the height where they blend in with the desired shape.

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Asked by
emma.joyes on
April 12, 2016
Nottingham

Q. How fast does Iceberg Rose Climber grow?

I am looking to buy a suitable climber for a small archway which I would like to still have bloom (preferably white) in early September (for a Wedding on 3rd). Would the Iceberg Rose Climber be suitable for this? I’m not sure if any plant would grow quickly enough this year? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Emma

Answered by
roseman on
April 16, 2016
A.

Hi Emma. The White Iceberg climber is about as good as they come but I do not know that any climbing rosebush will give you that nice full arching beauty in one year that you seek. Iceberg does grow very well though. So does a light pink climber named Awakening that is truly a beauty to behold. Awakening is related to the rosebush named New Dawn which is the fastest growing climber rosebush that I know of. All of this being said, Iceberg is usually a very vigorous rosebush and I am sure will be quite stunning even if not totally grown to the desired degree.

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Asked by
Avalon on
April 14, 2016
Michigan

Q. Climbing Rose with Lily of the Valley

I purchased a Golden Showers Climbing rose which can grow in part sun part shade. I want to plant the rose next to my garage. The area now gets 5 or more hours morning sun with the recent (last year) removal of my neighbor’s Maple tree; however, there is already an established Lily of the Valley garden growing there. Can I plant the rose at the end of the Lily of the Valley colony or will it choke the rose out? Will the little lilies die now that it receives more sun? Will I have to remove some of the lilies?

Answered by
roseman on
April 16, 2016
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My Grandmother had two climbing rosebushes with Lily of the Valley growing at their feet for years. The two seemed to get along just fine. The area on one side of her home got about the same amount of sun as you state (5 to 6 hours) too. Since the lily of the valley plants are well established, they should do okay even with the increased sun time. The key to more sun time and lily of the valley doing okay is the soils moisture. Be sure to keep any eye on the soils moisture and they should do just fine. You will likely need to remove and replant some of the lilies for the initial planting of the rosebushes, perhaps replanting some at the outer edges of the roses planting areas.

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Asked by
Katej on
April 27, 2016
Golden mo

Q. Blaze climbing rose

Last year my blaze lit up my porch. This year the top is beautiful but the bottom has lost all leaves and roses leaving blank canes for 3-4 ft and then the top is ok. What happened and what should we do?

Answered by
roseman on
May 2, 2016
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Blaze can be that way some seasons. It can be a temperature thing. If the weather was cool and nice and then turned very hot, the bush will drop her lower foliage. If her access to sunshine changed due to a tree or branch removal or a tree planting, this too will effect the foliage and bloom production.Feed and water her well. Use an organic or organic based rose food at least once per growing season. I also highly recommend giving the rosebush 1 cup of kelp meal twice per season, they love kelp meal!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2016

Q. Little holes in climbing roses

My climbing roses keep getting little tiny holes in the leaves every year. My large roses have something big eating the leaves but I don’t have any Japanese beetles.

Answered by
roseman on
July 21, 2016
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It surely sounds like some sort of beetle problem on the climbing rosebush. If the leaves just have some half circle shapes cut out of them, it could just be cutter bees. I leave the cutter bees alone as they soon stop once their nests are built. Giving the rosebushes a treatment of Bayer Tree & Shrub granules once a year, early spring, will usually cut way down any any insect issues.

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Asked by
hejourdain on
August 14, 2016
San Diego (CA) - 92102

Q. Radical cutting of climbing rose tree

I have in my garden a very well established (probably 30 years old) climbing rose tree, which branches I need to cut radically, as they are covering the most precious sunlight I will use to have a vegetable garden. I do not have the heart to cut this rose tree; however, I want to redirect its growth. Some branches have a 1 1/2 inch section.

Answered by
barbara leavitt on
August 19, 2016
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I have grown roses for years and the ones that climb take the most time cutting back each year.....If I were you I'd research the subject...it is complicated to answer here...if you want to save the rose as I do I'd contact a local gardening business to remove it and replant it somewhere else...b

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Asked by
Kathy Green on
March 7, 2017
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Q. Climbing Rose-Zephirine Drouhin

I don’t see mention of this climber on this website, but I am in love with it per the pictures I see on other websites. I read that it is not the best as far as disease resistance but the color is beautiful and the fragrance is said to be incredible and it climbs 15-20 ft. Any comments?

Answered by
roseman on
March 9, 2017
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Here is a link to a nursery that sells top notch roses for you.
Link >> http://www.highcountryroses.com/zephirine-drouhin They will be able to give you great information on this rose. She is a beautiful rose and I know some folks in local rose societies that do grow her well. Tell the folks at High Country Roses that Stan The Rose Man sent you.

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