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Fall Pruning of Climbing Roses

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.
Bounteous blooms climbing the porch posts.
Right now they are a mess. Canes gone wild might be an appropriate term. But that will soon change.
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.
I take out all but that cane. I do leave a lateral cane for blooms lower on the rose.
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.
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


  • 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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