The Q&A Archives: Pruning Peace Rose

Question: I have a climbing peace rose that i planted last spring. It grew well, and as that I was ill I gave it no better care than to watter and feed, once during planting and another a app 6 weeks later, still in spring.

It grew 3 branches, one that was approx 9 - 12 ft tall, and two smaller ones.

since i did not want a tree of a rose to keep growin as it was curled under eve of house, i waited till dormant and cut back the one branch only.
it now has sever buds opening all along the stem, but in several places it also has what looks like one has crushed a peice of the cane. there is a 'sore' in several places with ths seperated wood under and exposed.

i do not know what caused this, perhaps freezing, though we had very little cold weather.

my question is this, even though ther is pleanty of groth above and below this, should i prune to prevent problems in the future, or is there something i can do to help this and what can i do in the future to prevent.

if it was freezing, i had canes wraped and protected, though maybe not enough, if not then what might of caused this.

thank you for your time and patiance in this matter and hope to hear from you soon.


Answer: The flowers of climbing roses appear at the tips of the shoots. So, if you let the shoots grow straight up you will only get flowers right at the top of them with the rest left bare. The trick is to encourage the main shoots to grow horizontally (fan them on a wall or twist them around an arch). This encourages small side shoots to grow from the main shoots and each one of these will produce flowers.

To encourage lateral branching, simply remove about 25% of the main shoots each year (cut down to 6-8in from the ground). This will control the height of the canes along with encouraging new flowering shoots. Hard pruning should remove the damaged areas of the canes and this will prevent diseases from forming. Best wishes with your rose!

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