The Q&A Archives: Queen Elizabeth Rose/climber

Question: I recently purchased a Queen Elizabeth climbing rose. The only information I have on the container is that it is everblooming with pink fragrant flowers. Can you give me more information about this rose? Does everblooming mean it will bloom from Spring to Fall? Does it need 6 hrs. of sun a day? etc. Thanks for your help.

Answer: All roses do best with at least six hours of full sun a day, in a location with good air circulation and a good rich soil that is evenly moist yet well drained, plus regular deep watering rather than a daily sprinkling. Several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark can be useful in preventing weeds and in keeping the soil moist and cool through the summer. Queen Elizabeth is a grandiflora, meaning it is a cross between a floribunda and a hybrid tea rose. The flowers come in clusters. It should be pruned each spring as you would prune a hybrid tea as it flowers intermittently on new growth each year, although a newly purchased rose probably needs little or no pruning the first spring.

If you are new to roses, you might want to take a look at a book or two about them. One I particularly like is "Roses for Dummies" by Lance Walheim, ISBN 0-7645-5031-4, Dummy Press. In it you will find lots of straightforward information about selecting, planting and caring for roses including very clear diagrams on how to prune.

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