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Profile Image Helen Parsons

itstillhelen

Made the mistake of buying a house with a river at the bottom of the garden. Constantly floods and also contains arsenic from an old mill nearby.

Rosa (Climbing)

  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2019
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itstillhelen

This little rose doesn’t do much, always have a few clumps of flowers at the top but that’s all. Lovely to see it still hanging on though.

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pelly

If you don't mind me asking, do you prune it Helen? 🤔🤔

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itstillhelen

Yes @pelly, I inherited it and have tried everything short of digging it up. Pruned hard, hardly at all, sprayed it, the lot! What should I do, never had a climber before and the flowers are so pretty and tiny.

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ublaszko

Are the main shoots trained sideways so that the side shoots could grow vertically? They get more flowers on side shoots. Beautiful colour 😍😍

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pelly

Monty did a bit on climbing roses, can’t remember if it was last week or the week before, it might be worth a look 🤔🤔

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itstillhelen

No @ublaszko, there’s no room to do that where it is, maybe I need to move it and try it somewhere else. Thankyou.

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itstillhelen

Thankyou @pelly, I’ll have a look

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pelly

You’re welcome 👍👍

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ublaszko

I think that might be the reason for it. Climbing roses only produce flowers at the top if stems are trained upright but they get most of their flowers growing on side shoots. It's worth moving it somewhere where you can train the main shoots horizontally and in tbe current spot you could try planting a floribunda or burbon rose. 😊

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itstillhelen

@ublaszko Well well, thank goodness for this forum, I’ll give it a go, when is the best time to move it?

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ublaszko

Not 100% sure but roses are tough so you can probably move it any time of the year. Autumn or spring would be best when it uses up less moisture. You might need to wait at least a year or two before it becomes fully established and gets a good amount of flowers. Worth adding some manure compost at the bottom of the planting hole so it keeps some moisture and feeds the soil at the same time.

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itstillhelen

Thankyou so much @ublaszko

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