HOW TO TRAIN CLIMBING ROSES – There are two good reasons I can think of for wanting to grow Climbing Roses. For starters they are simply stunning and secondly they act as a free and a brilliant way to deter any would-be burglar.
What was that? A burglar deterrent? What are you thinking? OK, let me clear this up… You have a garden fence or wall. Try attaching some flimsy trellis work to the top and then train your climbing rose to grow over them. How many burglars do you think would really want to tackle climbing a fence that is not going to hold their weight and get scratched and cut to bits by the thorns of your roses. Ah, you see, I’m not mad after all.
Training your roses to grow up netting or a garden trellis is really very easy but you do have to do it right to ensure that you do not damage your climbing rose.
Training climbing roses merely involves tying the stems of the roses to the netting or trellis work, but you do have to be careful not to damage the stems in the process. There are lots of materials you can use to tie the stems, such as garden string, plastic twist ties or even zip ties.
Personally I like to use clear plastic zip ties and I never tighten them too much. I like to secure them so that there is still a 3 or 4 mm gap around the stem. This way I know that I am not going to damage the stems in any way.
As the rose grows I simply add more zip ties and I manipulate the way the climbing rose will grow so I can cover a much larger area with just one plant.
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