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Climbing rose bare bottom half

allymountain13allymountain13 Stroud, GlosPosts: 68
Since I moved in 3 yrs ago, the climbing rose only has leaves and flowers on the top half of the plant so I'm gazing at a bare fence topped by beautiful white roses. Any ideas?

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444
    Are any of the stems bendy enough to train sideways?  Horizontal stems will produce more flowers, hopefully lower down too.

    Next winter you could give it a radical prune, and make the plant produce new stems from lower down.  You could then train these whichever way you wanted.   :)
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  • allymountain13allymountain13 Stroud, GlosPosts: 68
    Unfortunately not. There are 5 stems. Only 3 have shoots right on the ends. I think you're right. Next March I'll cut them all down to about 0.6m and see what happens.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037
    I think it is not too late to do that now. I would cut the 3 lanky ones down to about 2-3 feet. 
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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444
    Good plan, Hogweed.   :)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,267
    Climbing roses are well known for that problem. If the pruning doesn't work, then plant something at the foot or side of the rose (nepeta or lavender maybe) to hide the bare stems. 
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