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Growing Climbing Roses

Growing climbing roses

No rose garden is truly complete without including climbing roses into the mix of rose species.  Climbing roses, also known as pillars, ramblers, trailing roses, and everblooming roses depending on how they grow are not considered true vines.  They don’t grow their own support structures to hold onto surfaces.  But they are the ideal ornament to grace any archway, fence or any other structure in and around any garden.

Because climbing roses do not have the capabilities to hold onto structures like vines do, they need help from us.  Grower can loosely attach the plant to a structure or wind it through the structure.  Some types of structures you can grow climbing roses on are trellis’, arbors, fences, sheds, pillars, walls or almost any other large, solid structures.  Climbing roses that are trained to grow laterally rather then vertically often produce more blooms.  Vertically trained climbing roses will produce short spurs along their main stem or canes which will produce blooms.  Besides the way they grow, growing climbing roses is not unlike growing other types of rose plants.  Climbing roses need about six to seven hours of direct unfiltered sunlight a day.  Even climbing roses that are said to do well in the part shade still need about four to five hours of direct sunlight a day.

When planning to grow climbing roses in your garden, take into consideration the height or length that these types of roses will grow to.  Some species of climbing roses can grow to be around thirty feet in height.  Other species can grow to be seven feet in height.  Can the structure that you are planning to grow them on support this type of plant?  The height of the plant will also depend on the type of climate you have in your area.  Another thing to consider is which type of climbing rose is going to suit your garden.  Some varieties of climbing roses are everbloomers which means that they bloom all throughout the growing season.  Other varieties are spring bloomers meaning they only bloom in the spring.

One big difference between climbing roses and other types of rose plants is that they require very little pruning.  There is no need to prune the plant for the first two years.  If climbing roses are pruned every year like other rose plants, the opposite will happen to the climbers; they will produce fewer blooms.  Owners can get away with pruning their climbing roses every three or four years.  Even then, pruning consists of removing small canes and old or less vigorous canes at the base of the plant.  Vigorous young canes are encouraged to grow and to become long and flexible.  Owners will have an easier time training these canes through and onto structures.

The thing to remember with climbing roses is that you have to be patient.  They may take a little while to get established and start blooming right after they are planted.  But, when they do become established, the fragrance and the beauty of their colors are well worth the wait.

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