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ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

Hi all,

I have a climbing rose which is just coming into its second spring. It's growing rather slowly, but seems healthy. However, the main canes tend to terminate with flower buds rather than to keep growing outward.

Should I cut out the buds to encourage the canes to elongate, or how should I approach it?

Thank you!

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,489

    You need to train the main canes as near to the horizontal as possible - that will encourage it to send out side shoots which will carry the flowers. 

    Watch the video here http://paulzimmermanroses.com/gardening/training-roses/training-climbing-roses-on-a-trellis/ 

    it's a really clear demonstration of what to do to get the best from your climbing roses. 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,626

    I agree.  Bend them over gently so they are at least diagonal if not horizontal and tie them in loosely along teh stem so they can move a bit on teh breeze and also grow thicker.   They will put up small vertical growing flowering shoots as well as extra length at the tips.  Mine do, anyway.

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  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    Thanks both.

    Yes, I am doing that actually. I'm on the diagonal, and will bend them closer to horizontal when they get to the right place. I used that exact video in fact!

    So should I not care that the main canes end in flower buds? They'll grow longer nevertheless?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,489

    They should do.  Which rose is it? 

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  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    Laura Ford

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,489

    LF isn't a rose I know, but David Austin calls it 'a short climber'.   

    As it's only in it's second year the canes may not be going to get longer this year.  When it is properly established it'll put out more canes from the base which I imagine will be longer.  

    DA says it reaches ten feet, but that will be referring to a well grown rose several years old. 

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  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    Thank you!

    Yes, I knew it wasn't going to be a whopper. I'll be patient!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,489

    It looks a lovely rose ... image

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  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    It is! It flowers prolifically and each flower gradually fades from yellow to pink.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,489

    Oooh - photos would be good image

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