We have one climbing rose in the corner of the yard, and not being a
rose person, I'm not really sure how to care for it. It's grown quite
tall (about 9 or 10 feet) and most of the blooms occur on young stems
way above our head. Would cutting it back to four or five feet result
in new branches closer to "nose level"? It's already showing about a
foot of fresh, reddish growth at the top. Is it too late to prune at
On 1 Mar 2007 10:44:01 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Roses often grow better with proper pruning. Cutting back some of the
older canes will force new growth. Pruning should not be done 2-3
months prior the first frost date. Work in a bag of composted cow
manure and feed with fish emulsion. Roses needs lots of TLC.
On Mar 1, 10:44 am, email@example.com wrote:
First of all, no, you don't want to cut your climber down to 4 feet.
get many blooms that way. It's still a climber and whatever grows is
to want to go UP. So to get the most blooms on a climber, you need to
a way to get those tall canes into a horizontal position, as if they
out along a fence. If the rose is already near a fence (in the corner
of the yard)
then it will be easy to grab those tips and gently bend the canes to
the top of the fence. Secure them with something soft, like pieces of
hose, because the canes are used to going up and will want to return
that way. So you have to train them to go sideways...When a climber
straight up the only blooms you get are from the buds at the tip:
When you stretch it out then all the buds along that cane become
buds because they are now oriented as if they were on top (does that
If you dont have a fence then you will need to build some kind of
frame or wire
instead taht goes horizontally.
Now there is another way to get almost horizontal canes and they do
England a lot; it's called pegging down. You bring the tips of the
canes all the
way to the ground. Where they touch, you pound in a peg or staple like
thing and then tie the tip of the cane down to it. This makes a very
to the climber, It does take more space.
Pruning can be done now. Usually in the Sacto area they do it in Jan.
(up here we
usually aim for Jan thru Feb. but you still have time. The later you
wait the later
you will get flowers. If this is an old garden rose that blooms only
once a year,
then you need to wait until after it blooms, however.
You will not prune the long canes that come out of the ground:
there are too many of them and they are crowded, or if they are really
"crusty"Then you remove those all the way down to the groung, leaving
What you prune are the secondary canes that come out of the
These are where the flower buds will come from.
Cut them back to about 3- 6 inches leaving about 3 nodes. If there are
secondary canes this year, then you don't cut until next year after
they grow out.
If you need more on this feel free to email me.
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