The Q&A Archives: Seven Sisters Rose

Question: My husband and I have transplanted an old rose bush from the country farm he was raised in. Several people have called it the Seven Sisters Rose. It has taken off like wildfire now and we can't seem to control it. I have other regular roses planted nearby. I wonder if this wild rose is starving the other roses? Should I transplant it to a different place where it will not starve out anything else? Would it survive in a sem- shady place? I am at my wits end as the "wild rose" keeps sending out more and more shoots to over take my flower garden. Any sugestions?

Answer: Seven Sisters Rose (Rosa Multiflora platyphylla) is a vigorous old climber that can reach 15' - 20'. It tolerates poor soil and some shade, but will be more susceptible to powdery mildew if planted in shady conditions. The rose was named Seven Sisters because it develops multiple colors of flowers in a single cluster. Tradition has it that each of these 'sisters' has her own voice and fragrance, and each is growing from the same stem on the parent plant. Rather than wait for this vigorous climber to overtake your other, more subdued roses, why not relocate it? Roses like to be the center of attention and don't especially like competition. Try to find the sunniest spot available, and be sure to provide a trellis for your Seven Sisters to climb on.

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