Climbing Rose, "Blaze" climbing into a Staghorn Sumac

Climbing Rose, “Blaze” climbing into a Staghorn Sumac

This year, I decided to do some pegging to make more blooms on my climbing rose, Blaze. This rose is planted on a small mound in my back yard. There is a short trellis- about 5 feet tall and I have placed it up against a staghorn sumac tree. I knew the trellis would be too short, because the Blaze rose canes can get 10-12 feet tall and so I thought it might be interesting to see how the rose would look climbing in the sumac.

Climbing roses bloom at the top of the plant and if you want blooms below you need to make the canes grow somewhat horizontal so the buds will break and put out blooms. The above photo is from last year. You can tell how the canes curve by following the red roses. This year, I decided I wanted more curve, and more roses. The way I produced more "horizontal-ity" to my rose was by pegging or in other words, tying down some of the long canes to the ground.

The canes are flexible in the spring and can be bent easily. I tied the canes with twine and then used fabric staples to hold the canes down. But these just were not strong enough. You will notice, I resorted to a cement block on one side of the rose. On the other side, I tied the canes to a large garden stake.

Notice the cement block! I am using this to weigh down the rose canes.

Notice the cement block! I am using this to weigh down the rose canes.

I tried to tie down each side similarly so the rose will look like a water fountain of red blooms. Last year, I got the curve on only one side.

The buds run all along this cane!

The buds run all along this cane!

See all the buds on the rose! In a few days, it will be covered in roses! I will take a picture once it is in bloom.