Planting Tips For Climbing Roses

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When choosing a site to plant a rose bush, make sure the spot you pick is both sunny and airy. The ground should be rich and well drained. A heavy or clay subsoil is particularly adapted for roses, especially when it is enriched with fertilizer. Sandy soil is almost as good as clay, but on the other hand, requires more fertilizer.

When planting roses they should be set in deeper than they were in pots. This will give the roots greater play, make them sturdier, and new soil may be added on top of the roots, thus covering the old soil. After planting it is a good idea to cover the beds with a light mulching of manure. This will be all the fertilizing they will require for the first year; after that the roots will be stronger and more manure will be required.

It is best to dig a hole four feet square and four feet deep, or make it even deeper than four feet, and place small stones or broken brick in the bottom to secure drainage. Fill this hole with rich earth mixed with fertilizer. Planted this way, a climbing rose will grow for years.
In planting a rose near the house, especially if there is a brick basement, you should plant the rose so that its roots will be placed on an inclined plane, sloping from the wall. The roots which grow against a brick wall will be killed. A brick wall absorbs a great deal of moisture and makes the earth very dry for a distance of a foot or more from the wall. If the rose is planted several feet from the wall it will not be necessary to slope the roots away from the house.

A climbing rose should be pruned very little. A climbing "sport" is a shoot coming from underneath the ground from the roots of a rose bush, which usually has all the characteristics of the bush from which it started, but having the ability to become a climber. Some of the dwarf growing roses, such as the Viscountess Folkestone and Belle Siebrecht have developed climbing sports of strong growth and wonderful beauty. The difficulty is to pick out the few climbing roses one needs.
There are, too, some roses which naturally are strong growers, which become semi-climbers or pillar roses if they are not trimmed and allowed to grow.
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This article was published on 2011/02/25