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Trying to find diagram of how to train a climbing rose

Hi all,

I came across a really useful drawing of how to train and prune a climbing rose on this forum. I've spent the last hour trying to find the post and have given up. So, can anyone point me in the right direction? It was a really rudimentary drawing of how to train the rose canes, but the only diagram that has made sense to me!

I think it was posted on the annual rose thread...


  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,058
    Hi @Katsa, maybe repost on the 2020 rose season thread and someone might know. I have a vague feeling it was @Mr. Vine Eye, but could be totally wrong, so ignore me Mr. VE if I am talking b*llocks!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,340
    Katsa said:
    It was a really rudimentary drawing

    Haha! Well that sounds like something I might have done @Nollie

    Was it a scribbling over someone else’s photo @Katsa ?

    I’ve done a few, can you remember roughly what it looked like?

    East Yorkshire
  • KatsaKatsa Posts: 278
    @Mr. Vine Eye I thought it was something you posted. It was a scribbling over someone else's photo using different coloured lines to demonstrate what to train horizontally. Btw "rudimentary" is a complement in this context!! Everything else I've seen or read has made it to be super complex and I get so intimidated. This diagram made me feel like I could actually train a rose properly...
  • KatsaKatsa Posts: 278
    @Nollie I'm never sure whether such questions are allowed? I feel like I'm spamming a rose appreciation thread when I ask for advice. Let's see what @Mr. Vine Eye comes back with ...
  • KatsaKatsa Posts: 278
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,058
    Excellent, wasn’t talking b*llocks after all! I remember that diagram now and very useful it was, @Mr. Vine Eye, clarified it for me too. Of course you can post queries on the rose season thread Katsa, even thougn it turned out not to be on that one anyway. Yes in theory it’s to post photos of your roses but often meanders off in to side discussions, all helps us develop our knowledge and love of roses.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Paul Zimmerman videos on YouTube are helpful as well
  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    Thanks so much @Mr. Vine Eye for this really useful diagram, and to @Katsa for remembering and seeking it out!

    My Iceberg climber was a Y-shaped twig at the end of March, and currently has about 5 6-inch new canes, so I don't need to worry just at the moment, but I am hoping by the autumn, I will be able to start training it around an obelisk.

    @K67 I agree, the Zimmerman videos are very good - especially his point about promoting laterals to be new main canes.
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