Garden Structures

I am trying to grow 2 climbing roses and they are not co-operating! I put a trellis behind them and am trying to 'train' them but it's not working very well. I was wondering if anyone had plans for making a wooden obelisk? I think that's the correct term. It looks like lattice but 4 sided going to a point at the top. I'm hoping that will make training them easier. Also do you prune climbing roses in spring or fall? I've always pruned my other roses in spring, that way I get rid of any winter kill but not sure if climbers are the same.
garden structures, gardening
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  • Darla Darla on Aug 25, 2013
    Do yourself a wonderful favor @Glenna Kennedy , look up Paul Zimmerman at Ashland Roses on- line or on YouTube (he will answer questions there too), you will find many-ALL actually-answers to your rose questions-I discovered him when I was new to rose growing and boy can he help you appear to have the best green rose growing thumb ever! I practice everything I have learned from him and my roses just thrive! Is the rose in this pic labeled as a climber? It takes me sometimes whole season or 2 to train mine to bend properly and I too have a few that will be also get obelisks next year. Paul will show you in videos how to really get a rose trained well for climbing and producing-good luck and happy growing!

  • Glenna Kennedy Glenna Kennedy on Aug 25, 2013
    Thank you Darla!

  • Lou B Lou B on Aug 25, 2013
    I made a vinyl obelisk from a Lowe's gardening mag. using 3 vinyl trellis, you could probably use wooden trellis. First you have to even the legs by cutting them all to the same size, this is the top of the trellis, which will be the bottom when you are finished, then cut off all the little extensions on the sides. Fasten the 3 trellis together with zip ties. For the top use a 6 inch clay pot with a finial fence top, glued to the bottom of the clay pot, spray paint. I used white spray paint to match the white vinyl trellis, with a pink accent. The clay pot and finial fit right over the top of the 3 trellis. Because the trellis are vinyl, they are very light and will blow over in strong winds. On the bottom of mine I wrapped green vinyl wire (clothesline wire), made a hook in the wire and used long garden stakes to hold it down, so far this has worked just fine. Was a lot of fun to make, and everyone says "you made that, all by yourself" lol they don't know how easy it was. I don't think you cut climbing roses back like you do regular roses, you just trim to the shape you want. I have never cut my Peggy Martin climber back, and it is just beautiful. Climbing roses don't actually climb, the canes just grow very long (that is why you don't cut them back) you have to help them by tying them to the object you want them to climb on.

  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Aug 26, 2013
    You treat climber just like any other rose. Trim them back in the late fall or very early spring. Some climbers do take some extra effort, but do remember they need at least 3 years to establish a good root system. Once that's in place, they will take off.

  • Janice Presecky Janice Presecky on Aug 27, 2013
    Hi HavePatience I had the same thing my neighbor gave me a rosé Bush &i put it against a Trellis & it is very high & beautiful now I have to dead head all my roses It is so hot

  • Gen Gen on Aug 27, 2013
    Hi! I planted my climbing roses by the fence around the swimming pool. I trained them to climb around the fence by putting their stems through the fence panel. I prune them late Fall when they stopped blooming because they start blooming in April.

  • Glenna Kennedy Glenna Kennedy on Aug 27, 2013
    Thank you to everyone for your replies!

  • Rbrady Rbrady on Aug 27, 2013
    The best place I have found is a tutorial on the following website( this is for the obelisk): Click on the tutorials and scan down for directions. I made mine using this site.Regina

  • obelisk: my comment would be make it fancy or rustic? rustic pick four pieces of wood to a desire length and semi straight and can be tie with wire or rope setting then in ground forming a square then angle them to cross at top, and for the roses vine bloom from old wood so DON'T CUT any branches that you want DO CUT ANY BRANCHES YOU DON'T WANT. I would cut to a minimum... do use rose food ......