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Mar 15, 2018 1:09 PM CST

New to roses but had several beautiful climbers. Husband decided to "help" and untied them from the fence and cut them back in the fall. Now I have bushes with at least 30 stems with a ton of stems coming off each. Is there any way to salvage this and get them back on my fence again?
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Mar 17, 2018 8:47 AM CST
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Irises Lilies Roses Region: Southwest Gardening
Welcome!

I once saw a documentary on the way roses were grown in a municipal rose garden in Montreal (USDA zone 5 or 4) The method they used was to cut all roses to the ground in late fall, including climbers. They did not, however, say how they thinned out the new growth when the roses resprouted in spring.

I do think that some Osmocote 15-15-15 might be good. ZD has a lot of growing to do and it will need some fresh nitrogen. Also, keep the rose well watered as it is putting out new growth. With my own ZD rose, I tend to prune too conservatively and the the plant ends up getting shrubby rather than climbing. My guess is that you will want to reduce the number of canes somewhat to achieve greater height.

Good Luck!
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