Climbing roses are beautiful plants that can be planted anywhere there is a support. They can decorate a patio, pavilion, garden gate, and even conceal a fence. Climbing roses look wonderful on a single support and on the arch. If there’s a long alley in the garden, it can be adorned with climbing roses on the arches. Blooming roses on arches are a fantastic display.
There are climbing roses with small flowers grouped into big clusters. Climbing roses with big flowers are also grown. They can be double or semi-double. Furthermore, there are climbing roses with very flexible sprouts with which you can create fanciful shapes. This only emphasizes their decorative purposes. Such bush roses produce flowers on the sprout from the previous year.
Climbing roses with large flowers have harder sprouts than bush roses with small clusters of flowers. Flowers appear in such bush roses on the sprout of the current year. There are many kinds of climbing roses.
Climbing roses of the group Rambler with small flowers have spreading sprouts, which require support. Climbing roses of the group Rambler with double or simple flowers, 2 inches in size, possess a delicate and pleasant fragrance. The flowers are pink, white and cardinal. The leaves of this kind of rose are also small and shiny. Climbing roses grow fast. They reach 17ft. They bloom once per season from June until August and the blooming lasts for 50 days. The flowers appear on the sprouts of the previous year. The climbing roses of the kind Rambler Albertine has pink flowers and grows up to 15ft. Bush roses Rambler of the kind Alberic Barbier bloom with small white flowers and have a lash height up to 20ft.
Climbing roses are humble flowers, but intensive care is required to make them blossom plentifully.
Planting roses of the group Rambler
Choosing the location
First of all, you need to choose a location for the rose. Climbing roses will grow well in a sunny place that is protected from the wind. It’s better to plant a rose-climber in a new place, where roses haven’t grown before due to the fact that the soil may be infected by diseases and pests of roses which negatively influence the young bushes. The distance between the bushes shouldn’t be less than 1.7ft.
Soil for climbing roses
The soil must be light, argillaceous-sandy, fertile, and air-penetrable, with a soil acidity of рH 5.5-6.5. Soil is processed up to 2.3ft because the roots grow into the depth. When planting that deep, an organic fertilizer (compost or peat compost) is added.
The choice of saplings
When choosing roses for planting, 2-3-year-old saplings are ideal. It’s better to buy plants with closed roots in peat pots. This will allow for planting of the rose without any complications. It will grow well in a new place. If the roots are open, they must be well-developed to the point where the bush has 3 sprouts.
When you should plant climbing roses
The planting of roses with open roots occurs in early spring or in the beginning of autumn. In autumn, planting roses is done so that roses have time to root themselves before the cold season begins so they can pass winter successfully. If the rose is purchased in a peat pot, it can be planted after the last light frost and until August.
Before planting roses with open roots it’s preferable to soil them with a solution made of clay, water and compost with the ratio 3:10:3. You can also water the plant with the solution to stimulate root growth. The branches need to be shortened to 6-7 buds for a height of 1ft. Lower the roots carefully into the prepared hole and cover it with soil, packing it in layer after layer. The support for the climbing roses is placed at a distance of 8in from the plants’ roots. The branches of the climbing rose need to be slightly bent towards the support. The root neck should be 4-5 cm deeper than the soil surface. After packing the soil, the bush of a climbing rose is watered.
Care for roses
After planting roses, the care requires soil tillage and watering around the bush roses.
In the first year, climbing roses of the Rambler kind will not bloom because the above-the ground part of the plant needs to grow.
In the spring of the next year, the new sprouts of the small-flowered plaiting roses are pruned slightly. Usually pruning roses is done after blooming, but the sprout is cut out completely to let the replacement sprout grow. Next year, the flowers will bloom on them. Usually about 5 sprouts are left on the bush. In the case that only a few replacement sprouts have grown or they are weak, the old sprouts are left. Pruning roses is done so that only 3-4 sprouts are left which are shortened to 3 buds.
Climbing roses need to be watered periodically to ensure the development of strong sprouts and healthy blooming of the roses.