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Getting Climbing roses to flower

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I have bought a climbing rose and its branches have grown very quickly to over 2 metres tall, but it is not flowering, how do i get it to flower?



Basically, be patient! It won't flower this year now. You need to train the shoots as horizontally as possible along wires, tying them in. In the early spring, mulch it with well-rotted manure or good home-made compost. Then the new shoots should appear and these are the ones which will flower for you. You need to keep tying them in as they grow. Good luck!

21 Aug, 2008


Hello Crowther.

I saw on a recent TV show advice to place banana skins around the base of roses.

I've started doing this. I wonder if this helps flowering.
I'd be interested in comments from GOY members as to whether bananas really do help roses.

I eat lots of bananas, so no shortage of banana skins. Haven't slipped on any.............yet.

21 Aug, 2008


I have heard a lot about bananaskins. They are even used to eradicate warts; have you heard about that one? But I have indeed heard of people using that method.
Bananas are wonderful things....if you don't think it looks unsightly to have peels underneath your roses, you won't do any harm in trying. I always put Nitrogen, Potash and Phosphorus ( NPK ) on my lawn during summer and the roses got an extra handful, which they thanked me for. They were stunning.

21 Aug, 2008


The banana skins contain potassium I think, so should help flowering. You can chop them up and bury near the base of the rose.

21 Aug, 2008


Yes, I think burying the skins would be better than leaving them on the top, which I have been doing so far. I hadn't heard about the warts information. That's interesting.

I did wonder whether any 'garden nasties' might be attracted to the banana skins, such as snails, slugs or unwelcome creepy crawlies.

Interesting to know how Marguerite feeds her lawn and roses.

Yes, Chrispook, I eat bananas for the potassium. Rafael Nadal chomps away at bananas when playing tennis matches, so that must be a good recommendation!

So summing up so far, Crowther, we are suggesting patience, training, mulching, and bananas ! I'm sure others will come up with further advice.

21 Aug, 2008

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