How to prune my CL Joseph's Coat climber

marijon_gardenerFebruary 21, 2011

I am still a neophyte with roses. My Joseph's Coat climber has been in the ground two years, has a very thick cane (1"diameter) and many other canes. I have been reading about pruning and it seems I should be cutting this large cane out but it seem so central to the plant, I am a little reluctant to prune away. I would love some guidance. Thanks.

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jerijen(Zone 10)

Marijon, You don't say where you are located -- but if you were in my area, I would say that a major pruning of this rose is not needed at this time.
In my Southern CA area, a 2-year-old climber of this type is still immature.
Can you say where you are located?


    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 10:54PM
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What jerijen asked!


    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 12:30AM
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Thank you for your replies........... have been diverted with other life issues. I am in San Rafael, in Marin County just north of San Francisco.

Thank you again for any and all sage advice.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 1:44PM
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karl_bapst_rosenut(5a, NW Indiana)

As long as that very thick cane is still producing blooms, leave it be. You don't just prune thick canes on a climber unless there is a good reason, bare bottom, not producing flowers, dieback, canker, etc.
As stated, a two year old climber is not mature yet.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 10:58PM
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