Is there some sort of magic trick for climbing roses!?
April 17, 2007 4:30pm CST
I have an iron arch that I am trying to get the "climbing roses" to climb, but I can't even get them to grow. Is this the right time to plant, should I wait, or am I too late?? and how long once they start to climb do you think it will take to cover the arch?? ( I have planted two, one on each side.
18 Apr 07
There are many variables that will have and effect on the growth of your climbing roses. I grew a climbing rose at my old house which only managed around a foot per year (on good years!). I can only suggest that you make sure that the roses are well fed and watered. As with most aspects of gardening, you can only do your best to provide the best conditions possible, then it's up to the plant! It will take time for the plants to 'settle in' before they start to noticably grow anyway, so just keep an eye on it, tie new growth to the arch and be careful of the thorns! lol. Good luck with it, I'm sure it will look gorgeous within a few years.
20 Apr 07
There are obviously numerous liquid 'miracle' feeds available to buy, but I found you can't go wrong with good old fashioned manure (Well composted to avoid the stench!). Sorry if I was stating the obvious. I'm not the worlds most experienced gardener, but I do know that roses really drain the soil they're in of nutrients, more so than many other plants. So generally you need to dig in plenty of manure / compost at least once each year. If using manure, dig it in during late autumn / early winter so it has time to rot in and won't stink too badly by the time the weather warms up in spring.