I had an email from a reader in Germany who had just planted some climbing roses. He asked what to do with them their first year. Should he prune them, leave them alone; something in between.
It’s a timely question because now that many of us are going into winter we might be tempted to give that young climber a whack or two.
I believe in letting young climbers grow all they want during their first two years so they can get to size. You see, climbing roses don’t bloom much their first season or two because they are growing to their full height. That takes a lot of energy.
It’s like fruit trees. When they are young they don’t yield fruit. It’s only when they get to mature size and stop growing that they can turn their energy towards producing those apples, peaches, pears and so on.
It’s the exact same thing with climbing roses. (Except of course for the apples, peaches and pears part!)
So don’t trim those young climbing roses. If you have to tidy them up a bit snip at some of the wilder growth here and there or tie it in, but for the first two years let em grow adn just keep training them!