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By Whippet

Wiltshire, United Kingdom Gb

Moving roses. I have two roses that I planted last year against an east facing wall. I am not sure if they are climbers or ramblers (how do I tell the difference?) but they have shot up loads and have a lot of long stems per plant. I have hardly had any flowers on them though and I am assuming that it is because they are not getting enough sun (where they are is in the shade most of the day). I have a south facing fence I can move them to but I was wondering when was the best time to do this and how I should go about it.



I'm not so sure that lack of sun is causing the lack of flowers.
Not sure if moving them from an east to west orientation would be better either, i would have thought their position okay.

Not being a rose expert i wouldn't like to advise on the appropriate time for pruning them because someone will have to figure out whether they're ramblers or climbers - both have different pruning needs.

I wonder if they just need feeding, to encourage more blooms - or whether the right pruning would do it .... i still wouldn't be too hasty to shift them.

In answer to the original question though ... i would think that moving would be done in the dormant period which would be winter.

12 Sep, 2011


Oh, right I will not rush to move them quite yet then - pending a bit more advice. I have to admit to not having fed them at all so that could well be it. Thanks.

12 Sep, 2011


It's a pity you don't know what they are - as Louise says, the variety of rose you have is critical for pruning procedure - ramblers get pruned in September, climbers and bushes in late winter/early spring. Plus some climbers or ramblers don't bloom in their first year or so, again, depending on the variety, some do, some don't.

12 Sep, 2011


Is there any way of me being able to tell if it is a climber or rambler by looking at the plant? I am learning now not to throw the labels away when I plant my plants!

12 Sep, 2011


A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer, while a rambling rose will flower only once, usually in June.

If that is any help.

13 Sep, 2011


I think it is a climber then. It has had the odd flower all through the summer. I might try leaving it where it is for another year and make sure I feed it next year and see what happens. Thanks all.

13 Sep, 2011

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