Monty Don’s three ‘principles’ to remember when pruning climbing roses

Gardeners' World: When and how to prune roses

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Gardeners’ World lead host Monty Don, 67, shared how to prune a climbing rose on Gardeners’ World last night. The gardening expert distinguished the difference between a climbing rose and a rambling rose while explaining how to prune the plant.

Monty said: “Now, it’s time to prune this climbing rose. It’s a hybrid tea climber called ‘Madame Caroline Testout’, and it’s got wonderful blousey pink flowers that look really good.

“The best way to tell the difference between a climber and a rambler is a climber has larger flowers that quite often will repeat throughout the season.

“Whereas ramblers tend to get a mass of small flowers that just flower once usually around July. And that’s it.

“There’s another really important distinction when it comes to pruning because climbers grow all their flowers on new shoots.”

In practice, this means any new shoots that had flowers this year won’t produce any flowers at all next year.

However, they will produce shoots that produce flowers next year.

Monty added: “The more vertical the growth is, the less side shoots it will have and it’s the side shoots that have the flowers.”

One of Monty’s stems was growing up the wall of a building. He said if he bent it down horizontally it would grow side shoots which would grow vertically and each one of those would have a flower.

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He continued: “What I want to be thinking about is the structure so these dark greyish brown shoots are the permanent structure and now’s the time to them replace them if you want to.

“The ideal is if you have a good fan shape coming from the ground up and then lots of side shoots coming off.

“Basically, you just prune all this year’s growth back to stubs. And you’ll get new growth from those and the new growth will have the flowers.

“This will probably take me another 45 minutes or an hour and next year I know it will flower really well.

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“So just remember the principles. Get a good structure, cut back the side shoots and then leave it alone and it will be absolutely fine.”

Also on last night’s programme, Adam Frost celebrated seasonal colour on a visit to a garden in Essex.

Sue Kent potted up allium bulbs ready for spring and replanted a border with lavender she’s grown from cuttings.

Meanwhile, a gardener in Surrey showed off their exotic oasis in their back garden, inspired by travels abroad.

A grower in Ceredigion shared her passion for salvias. Viewers also shared what they’ve been getting up to in their gardens.

Monty was joined once again at Longmeadow by his new Golden Retriever puppy, Ned.

The puppy follows in the tradition of Monty and his wife’s love of Golden Retrievers, as well as names beginning with the letter N.

Ned joins Monty’s other dogs, Golden Retriever Nellie and Yorkshire Terrier, Patti.

Gardeners’ World is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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