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Climbing rose

Last post 01-03-2007 7:43 PM by Anonymous. 3 replies.
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  • 01-03-2007 7:42 PM

    Climbing rose

    Hi.

    I have a ten year old climbing rose that has grown very tall (close to fifteen feet. It used to flower a great deal throughout the entire plant. This year, however, it only flowered at the top and not as exuberantly as in the past. Now, in late summer, the plant appears to be very stressed. We had a late spring (I leave in southeastern Michigan). In addition, we have had a very cold and wet summer. Should I prune the plant heavily in early fall? Should I prune it heavily in the spring instead? How can I get the bush to recover and produce new canes?

    Thank you for your advise.

  • 01-03-2007 7:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Climbing rose

    I would suggest that you prune your climber. Start by cutting out all old wood. Then cut all other canes by 1/4.
  • 01-03-2007 7:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Climbing rose

    I know this is an old posting, but can someone tell me how you can tell what "old wood" is on a rose bush??? I am new to roses and I have no idea how to take care of the roses in our yard, so I am trying to read up on what to do. I know I need to cut old wood, but am afraid that I really don't know how to tell what's old and what's new.
  • 01-03-2007 7:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Climbing rose

    Old wood is the dead dried out canes from the year before. No use leaving them in the new growth this year. You can cut it out any time.
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