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Question: How do you encourage a climbing rose to have more vigorous growth in the top part of the plant (more 'climb', less foilage)? Neil Wotherspoon San Jose, CA

Answer: Give your rose more sun and a balanced diet of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium fertilizer and the bottom shoots will branch out nicely. Also, give them a dose of epsom salts (1 tablesppoon per gallon water) in spring to help with leaf color.

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