Pruning My Climbing Rose

by Melissa

QUESTION: I am not sure what type of climbing rose I have.

But it is established and produces nice small red flowers.

The problem is it only grows long (very) branches and doesn't grow out width wise. How can I correct this?

ANSWER: Hi Melissa! Your climbing rose should be trained to have the long main canes growing horizontally.

This will produce the short lateral flowering shoots on the climbing rose, and you will have lots more blooms.

Do not prune the long main canes. Since you don't have any short lateral canes at this time, you don't have to prune your climbing rose now.

Here is my page with instructions for pruning climbing roses.

Also read my page about climbing roses and click on the link about how to train climbing roses, at the bottom of the page.
Best Regards,

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