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Unknown climber - how to prine to promote more flowering ?

Discussion in 'Roses' started by Snorky85, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Snorky85

    Snorky85 Total Gardener

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    Hello rose experts,

    Wondering if anyone has advice. When I moved in last year this climbing rose was just a 20ft long shoot of horrid evil thorns with a couple of roses on the end. I cut it back to the ground and thought that might be the end of it.

    It's grown back so training it up the pergola thingy....but again it looks just like one big stick of thorns with no sign of flowers. Is this a rambler rather thana climber? Will it only flower at the end of this one stalk? Is there anything I can do to promote more flowers?
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    I've not had the opportunity to grow climbers Snorky but I'm sure @wiseowl our 'main man' regarding roses will be able to help you. :)
     
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      Climber or rambler I would cut that stem back by half.....it will initiate more stems despite this not happening before. You want as many stems as possible.
       
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        Thanks @Verdun i'll go and cut that back in the morning....if the wind here hasn't already snapped it!
         
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        I'm not sure about pruning Roses at this time of year , as @Sheal says @wiseowl is the expert.

        One thing I'd like to add is that with a lot of Roses if you tie the main stem in horizontally you will find more side shoots form which you then train upwards.
         
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          Its not about pruning ROSES. Its about forming a structure. Left on its own that single shoot will remain just that..........! :)
          The formative pruning, for me, is essential. Once the plant is growing well pruning for flowers can then take place :)
           
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          • CharlieBot

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            I had a rose just like yours 3 years ago. 3 flowers on top of one stem.
            I followed this advice


            This is my rose this year.
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              martin-f Plant Hardiness Zone 8b

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              I've got three ramblers/climbers that I'm training this way, this one was only put in late last year only a small plant, ive bent the new shoots over that will produce next years flowers, it should look nice in 3/4 years time.
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                martin-f Plant Hardiness Zone 8b

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                It looks lovely well done :) I'm sure you will make it look even nicer next year, if your anything like me sat waiting for something to tie up :heehee:
                 
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                  Now there are two climbing or rambling roses at the caravan . Not sure which type. The difference is that rambling roses usually flower once, whereas climbing roses usually repeat flower throughout summer and autumn, but there are exceptions, I understand.
                  When would climbers start to flower ?
                   
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                  Mine are flowering now, maybe a week or two since.
                   
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