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Where to place my roses?

Hello all, I'm a bit stuck at the moment about where to place my new climbing roses. I have an old archway that my uncle gave me but have been debating since yesterday about where to put it. The best place for it is, unfortunately, too shady I feel with one of the roses only getting probably 3-4 hours of direct sunlight a day.

However, the only places I have left in the garden that gets enough sunlight are either under a pear tree or under the branches of a large old apple tree and conifer.  The distance from the trunk of the conifer is 4.5 feet and from the apple tree is 6.5 feet. The distance from the trunk of the pear would be 4 feet.  Is this too close? The site under the apple tree would still get plenty of sun, from around 11am - 7pm it will be in direct sunlight. Under the pear tree it will most likely be dappled light for most of the day. Is it the light i need to worry about or the competition with the trees roots?

Thanks for any help!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    I don't think you need worry about competition from roots, you can feed them if there's not enough food. Some people grow roses up apple trees.

    I would avoid the very shady area 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DH111DH111 Posts: 4

    Thanks very much to both of you for your help. I decided to go with the spot under the apple tree.  I'm going to have to move a rosemary shrub to plant one of the roses but as i understand its only a problem when you plant a rose where another rose has been, not where different families of plants have been? Or am i wrong in this regard?


  • BeccaTBeccaT Posts: 8

    No, it's only other roses that are a problem. It's called Rose sickness.

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