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Climbing Rose Care


Climbers... Training and Pruning & other Help

Climbing roses can provide a very captivating look to existing gardens and can be trained up a variety of structures.  Certain varieties do better on certain structures so it is a good idea to ask which varieties will look better along a fence, an arbor, or the sides of a house/on a trellis.  Some varieties bloom more often or in different patterns than others, some even can provide good stem roses for cutting. Climbing roses come in a variety of sizes.  Some of our service customers have climbing roses that have rambled 20 feet up the side of their houses.   Many older varieties have very strong disease resistance, though be mindful that some of these only bloom once or on canes left from the past season, "old wood".  We here at the WRC Garden shops will be glad to assist you in making the correct choice so that you get a climbing rose that fits the structure you would like it to accentuate.


Climbing roses are not particular to care in September or October, but we here at WRC wanted to make sure we had some literature to assist our customers in making their climbers look great.

 **Pruning Climbers can be done anytime from December through February, with the exception of the Climbing Lady Banks.


Important things to remember about climbers:

** You want to encourage length... leave as much as you can on canes that are stretching out with long growth.

** Climbers are much larger than your average bush so they need roughly 1 ½ times as much fertilizer.

** Climbers aren't going to repeat bloom as quickly as other varieties of roses, so it is important to let them grow to their full size rather than cut to promote blooms.

**  Plan on tying your climber up as it grows, as well as to completely untie it when necessary and when you prune so you can train it appropriately.  Plastic wrapped wire ties are easy and effective.  Velcro, rubber ties, and string will all evaporate or lose their effective hold with weathering.

Pruning Climbers

It is important to leave only 3-6 stronger and younger canes to be attached securely to your structure.  You want to thin out all other growth off the canes you want to train.  New growth will fill out your climber the next season.  You can leave as much length as you like, though conforming the canes to your structure.  It is a good idea to fan canes out so that none of them overlap one another.  This will help new growth have space to fill come next season.



 This is a properly pruned climber ready for the spring.  

If you have questions please contact the Garden Shops at 800-643-0315.