Re: trimming climbing roses

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Posted by Newt on July 21, 2003 at 22:10:18:

In Reply to: trimming climbing roses posted by kim on July 20, 2003 at 17:54:38:

: I need some advice. I have a 5 or 6 year old climbing rose bush at the end of my porch. I deadhead after blooms are gone, trimming back to just before leaves of 5. It is gorgeous and blooms from early spring until the frost takes it. My question is this, should I ever cut it clear back? I have a friend that told me that I should cut the canes clear down every couple of years. But I worry that it would not grow back to give me the privacy I desire. Thanks for the advice.

Hi Kim,
Unless there is a problem with the canes, I wouldn't recommend cutting them completely to the ground. If they're happy with what you are doing, keep doing it. :-) When a cane gets old, diseased or damaged, you could cut that one clear to the ground.

Here's Garden Web's FAQ's page on roses. Look at the sixth one down.


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