Growing Climbing Roses

Are you familiar with climbing roses because most people aren’t?  Usually when you mention a climbing plant most people think of vines like ivy.  Ivy has the ability to climb up walls because they have tentacles which hold them against the wall.  Roses however don’t have these tentacles to hold them onto surfaces.  So climbing roses aren’t good for walls but they can climb up fences or archways and other structures.

Because roses don’t have the supporting tentacles like ivy does they some- times need our assistance.  Just loosely attach the plant to a structure or wind it through the structure.  With our assistance we can get roses to climb a trellis*, fences, sheds, we can even wind them around poles or pillars.  With our assistance we can even get them to climb up walls or almost any large structure.

One thing you should know is that climbing roses that we grow horizontally rather then vertically will usually produce more flowers.  Vertical climbers usually produce flowers in short spurts.

Climbing roses need about six to seven hours of direct sunlight a day.  Even climbing roses that supposedly do well in the shade still need about four or five hours of direct sunlight per day.

Not all climbing roses are the same there are actually different species of climbing roses.  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.

There is another important thing to consider when choosing type of climbing rose.  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 (if you read the home page you remember that pruning off the flowers encourages the growth of new flowers).  Owners can get away with pruning their climbing roses every three or four years which makes them real easy.  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 young canes through and onto structures.

Climbing roses are also known as pillars, ramblers (ever heard that song called “Rambling Rose”), trailing roses, and everblooming roses depending on how they grow and are not considered true vines.

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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1.  lattice (criss cross framework) for supporting a plant made of wood, metal or plastic used to support plants.  It can be an arch sometimes it’s a wall of latticework fixed to a wall.

*canes – stem;  a long woody stem.

*gracing – adding elegance and beauty.

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