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By Seabird

East Sussex, United Kingdom Gb

Rose query.
This spring I planted a 'Nice Day' miniature climbing rose. It has grown beautifully, lots of long, strong shoots but not a flower or even a bud to be seen.
Do I have to wait until next year?
It's in clay/chalk soil against a south facing fence and, I must admit, I've not fed or sprayed it. I did give it some good compost when I planted it and have kept it watered. I just expected flowers!



Some climbers, including miniatures, only bloom on year-old wood, so this may be one of them. Blooms next year, as long as it isn't pruned too hard before spring.

14 Aug, 2010


Thanks Tugbrethil, I can relax now. Must remember to tie it up well before autumn, we have very strong winds here.

14 Aug, 2010


I was taught to bend climbing roses as they grew to slow the sap and encourage flowering.

15 Aug, 2010


Drc: That's true, most climbers bloom better if they are trained into arching patterns, but Seabird still should have gotten some blooms if it was a kind that bloomed on new wood.

15 Aug, 2010


I didn't know to bend them but they seem to be doing that by themselves. Most of the new stems are at a 45 degree angle and I've now secured them to the fence. I'll train them into arches, that will be easier where they are and look better too.
Many thanks Tug + Drc.

15 Aug, 2010

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