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Fall Pruning of Climbing Roses

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One of my Fall clean up chores is pruning and tidying up my climbing roses. This encourages healthy growth and an abundance of blooms next Spring and Summer. there is a link to a very informative video in the website.
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Bounteous blooms climbing the porch posts.
  • gardening fall pruning flowers climbing roses, flowers, gardening, porches
Right now they are a mess. Canes gone wild might be an appropriate term. But that will soon change.
  • gardening fall pruning flowers climbing roses, flowers, gardening, porches
I find the main cane, or the sturdiest cane I want to use as the main cane. I had followed this down from the top where it was already climbing across the house eave. I want to encourage that so I have blooms next season along that eave.
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I take out all but that cane. I do leave a lateral cane for blooms lower on the rose.
  • gardening fall pruning flowers climbing roses, flowers, gardening, porches
Further up the cane I realized I will need to cut it off and go with the lateral cane. It will now become the main cane.
  • gardening fall pruning flowers climbing roses, flowers, gardening, porches
I still need to strip the rest of the leaves off. I have it attach to hooks across the eave to keep it steady during whipping winter winds. Next Spring and Summer I should have glorious pink roses all along my porch post and eave.
Want to see more, click on over to the blog post and check out the video I linked to. Very helpful.

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Oct 10, 2014

    Great info!

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Oct 14, 2014

    Beautiful!

  • Cathy Hula
    Cathy Hula Peyton, CO
    on Oct 14, 2014

    I planted a "Pink Double Knock Out" rose this August. It's done well. It's against the west wall of my home near the south end. I live in the Pikes Peak area CO. The tag reads to cut back every year. How much do I cut back. It is not a climber. HELP

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl Vesper, WI
    on Oct 14, 2014

    I have had beautiful red knock outs for 4 yrs(in WI) I mulch the base after the first hard frost and cut down to 6-8in. In the spring and remove dead wood then

    • Cathy Hula
      Cathy Hula Peyton, CO
      on Oct 15, 2014

      @Cheryl thank you for the info. I'll do that. I moved to Colorado from Wisconsin. I lived in Menomonee Falls. Had beautiful roses there and I hardly ever had to water. I miss my beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. I don't miss the WI winters. Didn't have to mulch the snow cover did the job. Colorado it gets cold below 32 degrees than two days later it's in the 60's. I think that is what's so hard on perennials here.

  • Patty
    Patty Hodgenville, KY
    on Oct 15, 2014

    You really can't hurt a knockout rose, I even tried to dig one out, but I couldn't get it all and it grew back, go figure. I planted two french thorn-less climbers this past spring, so this info was much needed, thanks so much for sharing.

    • Taffetal I agree with Tamar. It could be the location of the rose or the type. The one you see pictured that I pruned performed lousy when it was in a different spot in my garden. I dug it up and moved it and gave it one more chance. I was aggressive in pruning it here, as I wanted the main cane to get much of the energy to climb further along the eave. Climbers put out blooming wood along lateral canes, or those with a horizontal direction. Here is a great link with a video from Heirloom roses that is very helpful, much better than I could ever relate. http://www.heirloomroses.com/info/care/how-to/pruning/

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