We have two climbing roses.We inherited this from the previous owner of our house.
Last year we pruned them quite short in the fall and banked them, just like we did with the rest of the roses (grandifloras, ramblers, etc)
The rest of the roses flowered in springtime and summer, the climbing roses just grew taller and taller.
I have learnt now that one should train the climbing roses by bending the main stalks horizontally to promote side stalks, which is where the flowers will appear. I am looking forward to try this.
My questions are:
- Should I get rid of most of the woody stiff stalks and keep only the new bendy ones? Please notice all these stalks grew this year, but some grew right at the beginning of spring so they are quite thick and tall and some grew later in the season, so they are thinner and shorter.
- Should I do this pruning now (end of fall, November) or should I wait for springtime?
- Should I bank the bottom of the climbing roses so they are protected during winter, just like we bank the other ones? Any other winter protection measure I should consider?
I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Thanks in advance!