Q. How do I train my climbing rose?
To train a climbing rose, simply fan out the stems and tie them loosely into place on a fence or wall. The closer the stems are to horizontal, the more flowering shoots they will produce. Remove some of the shorter, twiggier stems at the base of the plant. This will help to create a taller climber more quickly by concentrating the plant's energy into the stronger stems.
Planting a climber against a wall encourages upright growth. The roots should always be kept well away from the base of the wall as this is often a very dry area. Lean the stems in towards the wall, fan them out, and tie onto a support with twine. English climbing roses are well suited to growing on small, decorative obelisks, arches or pillars, as their growth is not so vigorous that it will overwhelm the structure.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service