Best Way To Prune And Train Climbing Roses


Well, It’s a beautiful spring day. Just one of
those days when it’s really great to be outside. Birds are chirping in the trees, lawn mowers are going in the background in neighbor’s gardens And that’s the sort of day when it’s
just a joy to be able to be outside and do little things in the garden. And,
I’m going to show you how to prune and train climbing roses today. And for
that, you’ll need a pair of pruners, A good pair of gloves…. because they’re
thorny, and some twine to tie them in with. Now the trick or technique that I’m
going to show you is really nothing new, it’s been around
for hundreds of years but I’m kinda surprised really how few
people know about it. And I think after I teach it to you,
you’ll be very pleased to try it out in your garden, because it’s going to give
you a lot more flowers, it’s going to bring
the flowers down closer where you’re going to see it, and is going to make, I think, a very nice
feature in your garden. This variety that I am using here is one of David Austin roses. I like the
strong vigorous growing ones that will get to about five or six foot, because you can train them as mini
climbers There are climbing roses that’ll grow
12 to 15 foot, maybe even thirty foot tall… some other really big, strong ones. But in today’s gardens we’re looking for
smaller growing varieties and these are ideal because they will
make a climbing rose that’s about five or six foot tall and
that is much more in scale with today’s garden.
Now, what I’m doing is in training these plants…. and you can
see from this shoot that I have trained in from last year. that what we’re doing, is we’re redirecting the growth horizontally, so that then we have apical dominance in all of these shoots, and these were
the shoots that carried the flowers for last year. So we’re channeling the growth….. instead have been up
high on the plant, down horizontally so that we get many more shoots, and many more flowers By tying them down horizontally you’re taking the natural process which
is called apical dominance and turning it in to growing all these little shoots that when they
grow up each produce flowers on their tips. The end result is that you get a beautiful
trained specimen like this one that’s loaded with lots of big fragrant flowers that really is a joy to have in the garden. Now when
you look at the individual shoots on the plant, you’ll see there’ two sorts.
There’s these older shoots here, which have a brown more grey color. And then there are young, juicy shoots
like these ones and these are the healthy, strong growing
ones that are going to produce all the
flowers next year. So, what we’re going to do in pruning and
training this plant, is cut out the old wood and then leave
the young shoots so that we can train those back in.
So with the pruners, we’re going to start by cutting out the old shoots from last
year, they’ve already finished flowering, the wood is not so growthy, so that’s the stuff that we want to get rid
off. So, we cut them right back just removing the old string from last
year, that we had them tied in And then…., just getting rid of those And leaving the young shoots. So now I’ve
removed all of the old growth from last year,
and we’re left with these young fresh, flexible shoots, and it’s time to tie
those in. Decide which ones are going to go best….,
Along at whatever levels, and looking at this
one here….. I have tied it in at the side, and now it’s
time to take it and train it horizontally, bending it
down…. as low as you can without breaking it. And this would be a good level here for
this one. So holding it in place, then just with a piece of twine, tie it to the trellis or the frame like so. And then you can put another tie
in the middle, just to neaten it up and keep it in place. And then when you’ve got that one in place, then take a look at the other stems and
see where they’re going to work. So I see this one here, is going to be pretty low on the bush so
I’m gonna try to get it is low as I can, and then all come back to you in a
minute when I get the job done. So as you see, I have no I built a series
of horizontal layers, each one of these will now produce shoots with apical dominance that I as they grow up, each of these
then we’ll carry flower stems. And so this will become a wall of flowers, and this technique will work on a trellis, on a fence, on a wall, on an arbor Anywhere where you’re going to be able
to enjoy, beautiful gorgeous roses flowering in the summertime from the ground up to the top over the
device that you’re tying it to. This is David Wilson, enjoy your
gardening it’s good for us and it’s very good for
our environment too. school is world remember me well

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  1. Garden Splendor

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  2. Paul Monks

    Hi there, I wonder if you can help me. My friend has a garden of what he says are climbing roses but I really don't think they are as the look more like bushes (he has one or two that I think are climbing but others that I just don't see how they would climb as they don't send out many shoots. Anyway if possible could I send you some photos and maybe you can tell me what is best position etc. Thanks

  3. Paul Monks

    Hi there, I wonder if you can help me. My friend has a garden of what he says are climbing roses but I really don't think they are as the look more like bushes (he has one or two that I think are climbing but others that I just don't see how they would climb as they don't send out many shoots. Anyway if possible could I send you some photos and maybe you can tell me what is best position etc. Thanks

  4. Archana Ranganathan

    I am planning to make my rose climb onto a wall. how to get them to bend over the wall, what do I use to fix the branches?

  5. Garden Splendor® Plants

    Michele,
    I fear most of the HTs are not going to be vigorous enough to create canes that would be tall and flexible enough to train out horizontally. If your plant produces canes that you think you can work with, then by all means try it, but usually they are trained annually as bush roses.

  6. Jennifer Santos

    Laughed my head off at the subtitles.  He said FLOWERING, not FLORIAN.  He said FLOWERS, LARS and he said AN ARBOUR, not ANN ARBOR.  LOL!

  7. Uzma Saleem Awan

    Hello,
    Please let me know if climber roses can be grown in Karachi, Pakistan.. We have hot weather here most of the time of year.. please guide me.

    Thank you.

  8. aires8441

    This is very helpful.  If you are using a trellis, would you go horizontal across the middle of the open space in the center of the trellis or horizontal on each side of the trellis?  Any feedback is helpful, thanks.

  9. Debi MacInnis

    I have a climbing rose bush that is climbing up my chimney , my problem is that it is the end of July and I am having the chimney replaced from the top right to the bottom.I was wondering what I can do with my rose bush as it will be in the way of the scaffolding? Can I
    cut back even though it is still flowering or should I try bending it towards the ground? I am desperate for any suggestions

  10. allanpennington

    Hi, I am in NZ the southern hemisphere. It is coming to the end of summer in a couple of weeks. When should I start this process. The big bushy/climbing rose I have finished flowering about 4 weeks ago and I have noticed a major spurt of new and quite tall canes. Might these flower again before the end of Autumn?? Not sure what or when to cut these types of rose.

  11. Meno Passini

    I solder together a copper Arbor it is 9' high and spans a 7' sunny path. I would like grow a continuous blooming yellow roses up both sides to cover the arbor. I am an organic Gardener so I don't like to use chemicals. I live in the Chicagoland area. What is the best yellow Rose for this situation? I have heard yellow roses are. susceptible to diseases. Can you also recommend a disease resistant pink one?

  12. Elie V

    This gives such good, clear explanation on how to prune a climbing rose that it's almost impossible to go wrong after watching it. Please do some more similar videos! Thank you.

  13. Tina Spradlin

    I have tried to plant many climbing roses for many years but I end up getting rid of them because they did not produce flowers.  After watching your tutorial, I followed it exactly as you instructed and I am so happy to say that my climbing rose is load with flowers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  14. caroline wood

    Thank you that…..ive just been bought a Gertrude for my birthday and was looking for some inspiration……quite excited now as you've made it really easy to understand.

  15. My Rooftop Garden

    Growing roses in a city full of 6.5 million people….we have only chance if we go vertical. It's only possible in terrace garden. You can see it in my garden.https://youtu.be/4yaaVO5YccQ

  16. Gilbert-Ian Rueda

    Hello! I am new to gardening. I planted some piñata roses in August 2017 and I am ready to start working on them so that they, too, will grow stronger and produce more buds and roses. I’m sorry to say I don’t know what to do. Your video was immensely helpful, but I’m afraid my lack of experience is hindering me from knowing how to do it exactly as you demonstrated. Would you be willing to have a Skype session. I am willing to compensate you for your for a few minutes of your time, Thank you. 🙂

  17. M. A.

    Beautiful I cant wait to have my own house so i can plant some climbimg roses and have my garden full of blooms and amazing scents. 🌷⚘⚘🌻⚘🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🥀🌹🏵🌸☘🌿🍀🌲🌴🌹🌹

  18. BOW and ARROW Indian

    Thank you for taking the time to show a young want to be Rose grower I'm a rookie and I enjoy watching your channel I just stubbed up I found it

  19. Arun Seigell

    Do not agree with removing all oldee branches -this removes 50 % of potential flowers.Do not remove any branches until as thich as a thumb but do tip all last yrs shoots

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