Climbing Rose Won't Bloom - Knowledgebase Question

Maryville, TN
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Question by kitty53
July 12, 1998
The otherwise healthy climbing rose bush I planted this spring has grown 12 feet but there are no buds in sight. Is something wrong, or don't they bloom the first year?

Answer from NGA
July 12, 1998
All climbers should be left unpruned for the first 2-3 years after planting to allow the plants to get established and produce their long, flexible canes. Most bloom comes from lateral branches that grow form these long canes Sounds as though your new plant is putting out the new growth required for blooming. You can prune out any dead or twiggy growth this year, but leave the canes that are developing. Next year you should have a few blooms and the following year you can expect an abundance of blossoms.

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