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How to Care for Seven Sisters Climbing Roses

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Seven Sisters climbing roses, named for the variety of seven colors that they produce, are popular picks among avid rose gardeners. The seven sisters climbing rose produces colors that range from red to pale pink and appear in each cluster of small blooms. As the rose matures, the colors of the blooms will change. Producing highly fragrant blooms, the seven sisters climbing rose is easy to grow and requires little maintenance. By following these few steps, you will be able to successfully care for and maintain a Seven Sisters climbing rose in your own garden.

Prune the rose back as soon as leaf buds are visible in the spring season. Remove 6-8 inches of the plant's stalk to stimulate growth. Use pruning shears to complete the cuts.

Fertilize the rose bush with a fertilizer designed for roses. You can purchase rose food/fertilizer at your local garden specialty store or department store.

Water the rose bush regularly depending on the frequency of rain in your area. The soil around the rose bush should always be damp to the touch.

Apply a layer of mulch around the rose bush. The layer of mulch should be approximately 4-6 inches deep. The mulch will hold moisture around the base of the rose, and aid in keeping the rose hydrated.

Climbing Roses In Pots

Most varieties of roses (Rosa spp. Climbing roses vary in plant size. Climbing miniature roses are suitable for containers, including "Jeanne Lajoie," which grows in USDA zones 5 through 8, has pink flowers and grows to about 6 feet tall. Choose nonporous containers such as plastic or glazed pots for lower-maintenance plants. Using ordinary garden soil for container roses may introduce pathogens and usually doesn't provide the proper drainage. This combination is loose and open, allowing the vigorous roots of climbing roses to easily penetrate and spread through the mix. Use new rather than recycled potting materials. Water needs increase when the plant is actively growing and during hot weather. If you have traditional-size climbing roses, which have fibrous roots plus a taproot, try root pruning to develop healthy root systems in the containers.

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