Roses forum: Planting roses along a fence

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Miz34
May 9, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Hi everyone! I am planting super Dorothy along a post and rail fence. I'm afraid I've planted them too far. Is this a good distance or if I should move them closer? How much do you think they will grow the first year, enough to drape over the bottom rail? Thanks so much!
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
May 10, 2018 4:00 AM CST
That looks about right to me. I haven't grown Super Dorothy, but being a rambler I could easily see it gaining some good size its first season. That depends on a lot of variables, soil, fertility, moisture, weather, etc., so its hard to say, but I think your chances are good.
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Name: Frank Mosher
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fwmosher
May 10, 2018 7:23 AM CST
Welcome to the Forum. Just something to keep in mind. As it sends up canes (which will have to be supported,) and it will, you may want to think about training a couple to the first rung, perhaps going in opposite directions to each other, all along that first rung. Then allow two more to reach the second rung, and consider the same thing. As you are aware, the more horizontal trailing canes vs straight up, the more flower buds. Just check "espalier" when you get a chance, It may be of interest! PS. Great Rose!! Cheers!
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CindiKS
May 12, 2018 2:06 PM CST
My Super Dorothy creeps along the ground once the canes reach 5 feet or so. Some of the canes are 20', at least. It reached 8' in all directions the first year I had it. Only Peggy Martin is bigger in my garden. They are monsters! And neither had any die back in our horrible winter, or after our late freeze.
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