Should I tie up the stems of my rose?
The stems of my rose are tending to flop over, even when not wet with the weight of rain. If I tie them up with green twine to support them and keep them more upright, will it cause the stems to grow and develop more weakly, seeing as they will not be quite as stress-bearing with regard to their own weight and the force of the wind, etc. It is a David Austin rose called 'Eglantyne', and has just opened its first flower. Advice much appreciated.
- 19 May, 2009