How to Train Climbing Roses.
If you love roses,go vertical and plant a climbing rose.
You will need A climber support, such as a trellisA shovel A climbing rose Rose fertilizer Garden ties Pruning shears and garden mulch (optional).
Choose a location that gets 6 hours of sun daily, has well-draining soil, is shelteredfrom the wind, and has horizontal room for the rose to grow.
Choose a support.
Climbing roses are not vines and must be supported by a frame, whether a trellis, an arch orpergola, or wires strung between fences or walls.
Install the support firmlyin its location.
Anchor free-standing devices firmly in the ground, a few inches away froma wall.
Plant your rose between 18 and 30 inches from the support.
Dig a hole2 feet deep and twice as wide as the root spread.
Place the rose in the hole with thebulging graft union below the soil level in cold-winter areas or slightly above the soillevel in warm climates.
Then cover it with soil and fertilizer.
Provide your rose withadditional insulation by adding a 1- to 2-inch layer of garden mulch around the base of theplant.
Attach canes to the support with garden ties.
Bend them as close to horizontalas possible.
If you use a pergola or an arch, spiral the canes around the posts.
Tie thecanes at 10-inch intervals, and train new growth as it appears.
Prune climbingroses when they are at least two years old by cutting damaged, dead, or overcrowded canesall the way to the base.
Then tie new canes to replace them.
At the end of flowering season,prune flowering side shoots to two or three buds above the main structural canes.
Duringthe flowering season, deadhead your wilted flowers to encourage additional bud growth.
Enjoy the flower show with your three-dimensional display of beautiful rosebuds.
With propercare, you'll enjoy your climbing rose for many years.
Did you know Elizabeth Park inHartford, Connecticut, is the oldest municipal rose garden in the United States.
It was establishedin 1904 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.