roses round the doorStart right…

Buy well-branched plants and train immediately after planting to create a framework that is easy to prune and that will flower where you want it. After that here’s what to do in each season…

Autumn/ Winter

Leave the main pruning of repeat flowering climbers to spring, but if you have long, whippy new growth trim this back a little and tie it in temporarily to prevent wind damage. If roses have suffered mildew or black spot, clear leaves to prevent spores overwintering. To rejuvenate rampant ramblers on large structures, cut them back to 1.2 metres from ground level.

Spring

Just before growth begins, prune repeat-flowering climbers by removing dead and exhausted shoots. To get flowers all along the stems, tie in large shoots horizontally in a rough fan shape, once growth starts. Over the growing season, spread out and tie in new shoots.

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Deadhead ramblers, where possible, and once-flowered climbers by removing old flower heads with 15cm of stem- or 30-45cm if vigourous. To get new growth on old ramblers, cut a few old, spent flowering shoots to ground level.

rose-garden-climbersSource: ‘Short cuts to Great Gardens’- Reader’s Digest 1999

Further information:

Rose Gardening Made Easy.com

RHS- Pruning Climbing Roses

Old School Gardener

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