More as promised on climbers and ramblers
Training your roses is something that requires patience to get the best results.
All varieties of climbers are suitable for training onto walls, fences sheds, house walls etc. To get the best amount of bloom train the growth as horizontally as possible.
Work with the stems when they are young; this is particularly important with the stiffer growing varieties.
Do study the habit including the vigour of a variety when selecting to make sure a variety is suitable for the area. Little pruning will be needed in the first few years as the plant gets established.
Check in February for any die-back which should be removed with very weak twiggy growth. When well established if you can take out a stem or two from the base of the plant to encourage new stems from low in the plant to give better flowering throughout the plant.
Ramblers should be pruned around November time, making sure that new growth remains, as this is what the flowers will be produced on next summer. Cut out old growth and take back other stems as required.
In recent years we have had another category added. These are called Patio or Courtyard climbers. The Courtyard climbers are a little bushier but can be planted with Patio Climbers. All provide colour from top to toe.
They don’t have to be trained along a structure to achieve these blooms. Height and width can be controlled with their dense foliage and small to medium sized blooms. Some are suitable for small arches and obelisks.
December cultivation tips
Last month was the start of the long months in which bare root roses and other nursery stock can be planted straight into the ground, weather permitting!
Until the growth of Garden Centres bare root planting was the natural way to buy and plant such roses, hardy stock and trees. It still remains the best and cheapest way to purchase plants during autumn and winter.
If you haven’t already prepared the area for your roses keep them as packed in a cool shed or garage.
If you can’t plant within three weeks or so, then seek advice about “heeling in the plants”.
Prepare the area by digging it over and incorporating well-rotted manure, garden compost or branded soil improvers or conditioners. Don’t open any holes as rainwater can freeze in the bottom, or in dry conditions the hole will dry out.
Also roses make a long lasting CHRISTMAS PRESENT!
We Directors and staff wish all our customers, a very happy Christmas and a productive “growing” New Year.