Friday, July 31, 2009

Growing Climbing Roses - My Easy Guide

By Kor Rassad

No rose garden is truly perfect without including climbing roses into the mix of rose species. Climbing roses, also recognized as pillars, ramblers, trailing roses, and everblooming roses depending on how they grow are not considered true vines. They don't grow their own support structures to hold onto surfaces. But they are the ideal decoration to grace any arch, wall or any other structure in and around any garden.

Because climbing roses do not have the capabilities to hold onto structures like vines do, they need help from us. Grower can loosely tie the plant to a structure or wind it through the structure. Some types of structures you can grow climbing roses on are trellis , arbors, fences, sheds, columns, walls or virtually any other big, solid structures. Climbing roses that are educated to grow laterally instead of vertically often produce more blossoms. Vertically trained climbing roses will produce little spines along their main stem or canes which will develop blooms. Besides the direction they grow, growing climbing roses is not unlike growing other types of rose plants. Climbing roses need about 6 to 7 hours of direct unfiltered sunshine a day. Even climbing roses that are said to do good in the part shade still need about four to five hours of direct sunshine a day.

When projecting to grow climbing roses in your garden, take into consideration the elevation or distance that these types of roses will grow to. Some varieties of climbing roses can grow to be around 30 feet in height. Other species can grow to be seven feet in height. Can the structure that you are planning to grow them on support this type of plant? The height of the plant will also depend on the type of climate you get in your country. Another thing to deliberate is which type of climbing rose is going to suit your garden. Some varieties of climbing roses are everbloomers which means that they bloom all throughout the growing season. Other varieties are spring bloomers meaning they only bloom in the spring.

One great difference between climbing roses and different species of rose plants is that they ask very little pruning. There is no need to trim the plant for the first 2 years. If climbing roses are pruned each year like other rose plants, the opposite will happen to the climbers; they will develop less flowers. Owners can get away with pruning their climbing roses every three or four years. Even then, clipping comprises of removing small canes and old or less vigorous canes at the bottom of the plant. Vigorous young canes are encouraged to grow and to become long and flexible. Owners will get an easier time training these canes through and onto structures.

The thing to remember with climbing roses is that you must be patient. They may require a little while to get established and start flowering right after they are planted. But, when they do become established, the aroma and the beauty of their colors are well worth the wait.

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