Pruning climbing roses.

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I am a newby gardener with a question about climbing roses, I have six roses, five on vertical trellises and one on an arch. They grow well but end up with flowers and leaves on top of a six foot bare stem without side shoots, nothing. When I see features of climbing roses in books or magazines they show roses with an abundance of growth and flowers from ground to tip. What am I doing wrong - I can only guess it is my pruning.
 
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Welcome Paneer. :) Yes it is down to pruning. If you can provide us with some pictures they would help to give you advice.
 
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Hello Paneer.

Pruning can sometimes be or seem to be complicated. I have grown roses for many years. To be honest, might I suggest the RHS book. Pruning & Training. There are some s/h for sale on ebay around £3. Trust me. Well worth the money.
 
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I never top-climbing roses or ramblers, I only thin the canes when they become too dense with stems. Leaving between 4 to 8 canes can give you stunning plants.
 

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