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hi, i have a two problematic roses, the first a rambler bobby james has not flowered i was told to cut it right back last year and i did and it is growing very well but not one flower, tonight i watched gardeners world and believe to of heard monty don say that they only flower on old wood is this true and if so will nto prune this year. second i have a climber out the front of my house in a big pot which is not climbing at all but just flowering as a shrub, is there anyway to get it to climb???



The first is correct. Ramblers are meant to do just that: ramble. Cutting to the ground will only work for climbers, and bedding roses. The second one may not be a true climber. Many 'climbers' are tall shrubs which can be tied in to a wall or support. Need to know the cultivar for sure.

17 Jun, 2011


Also, a climbing rose needs a huge pot to climb properly: 1/4 of the average size of the area you want it to cover. For example, a climber in a 50 cm pot will only cover an area 2 meters by 2 meters.

17 Jun, 2011

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