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Old 20-08-2003, 06:02 AM
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And hopefully, a knowledgable person can clue me in.

We've got a Climbing Shot Silk, and it's right around the 10 foot mark, but
we've only had about a 2 week bloom cycle, and then no more. We live in
Seattle, and it's been a great rose year, but not with the shot silk.

The Question: Is this common? is it a solo bloom, or a serious repeater?
We installed some New Dawn at 2 clients, and the first year, nothing. But
the second and consecutive years after huge constant blooms, and I'm
wondering is this something to expect from Shot Silk, or.....???

Any Help, TOTALLY appreciated, with many thanks.

Michael Kranjcevich



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Old 21-08-2003, 05:32 PM
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And hopefully, a knowledgable person can clue me in.

We've got a Climbing Shot Silk, and it's right around the 10 foot mark, but
we've only had about a 2 week bloom cycle, and then no more. We live in
Seattle, and it's been a great rose year, but not with the shot silk.

The Question: Is this common? is it a solo bloom, or a serious repeater?
We installed some New Dawn at 2 clients, and the first year, nothing. But
the second and consecutive years after huge constant blooms, and I'm
wondering is this something to expect from Shot Silk, or.....???

Any Help, TOTALLY appreciated, with many thanks.


Michael, I wish I grew Cl. Shot Silk, but I don't. I can only report
some general rules from reading and others have said. With luck,
someone who grows the rose will report.

First, climbing sports of hybrid teas are not generally great
rebloomers. Cl. Shot Silk may be an exception -- that is something I
simply don't know. Second, some climbing roses are known to only bloom
on old wood. The result is that pruning should be done very very
carefully. The growth you're seeing this year will produce the blooming
wood for next year. That wood can rebloom a lot or a little, depending
on the cultivar's inclination. Third, many large climbers take a number
of years to reach their stride. It is not at all uncommon to wait a
full 3 summer seasons before you see good rebloom on some truly
wonderful roses. Fourth, the best news is that the Vintage Gardens
website, a source of information from rosarians who *do* know, reports
that Cl. Shot Silk reblooms well.
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Old 22-08-2003, 06:04 AM
Radika Kesavan
 
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MichaelK wrote:
And hopefully, a knowledgable person can clue me in.

We've got a Climbing Shot Silk, and it's right around the 10 foot mark, but
we've only had about a 2 week bloom cycle, and then no more. We live in
Seattle, and it's been a great rose year, but not with the shot silk.

The Question: Is this common? is it a solo bloom, or a serious repeater?
We installed some New Dawn at 2 clients, and the first year, nothing. But
the second and consecutive years after huge constant blooms, and I'm
wondering is this something to expect from Shot Silk, or.....???


Michael,

I grow Climbing Shot Silk, and it has been with me only a couple of
years. I have been a little neglectful lately of many of my roses, with
Cl. SS being no exception. Even so, this rose has given four distinct
flushes out here, and is about to go into the fifth flush, which I
expect will be quite good since it would be the beginning of the
official fall flush (the weather has been on the coolish side lately,
which greatly helps with this).

One thing to keep in mind is that Cl. Shot Silk is a climber that is
reputed to get very big (at least they say in SoCal just plain Shot Silk
gets to be some 12 feet tall, so I don't know what Cl. Shot Silk does
over there; there is a gentlewoman who posts here from SoCal who grows
this rose and may be she would respond and tell us), and usually, big
climbers take a while to establish themselves with a huge root system to
correspond to the top growth. This takes time, and during this time,
they might not put much energy into blooming. I do not know how old your
Cl. SS is, and perhaps, if it is young, this might be part of the reason.

My advice would be, since you have already got a 10 feet growth (mine is
only five feet tall about now), keep doing whatever you are doing. This
rose has a reputation for being a fabulous bloom machine according a
very reputable SoCal Rosarian.

Also, where are you located? Has it been very warm or ver cold where you
are? I have noticed that out here where the cool and hot cycles in the
summer normally last about 10 to 15 days each, C. SS tends to set buds
when the weather cools down.

Good luck! Remember, a little patience :-).

--
Radika
California
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Radika Kesavan wrote:
MichaelK wrote:

....
We've got a Climbing Shot Silk, and it's right around the 10 foot mark, but
we've only had about a 2 week bloom cycle, and then no more. We live in
Seattle, and it's been a great rose year, but not with the shot silk.


Also, where are you located? ....


Oops, sorry, I see that you said you lived in Seattle and that other
roses have been blooming very well.

So, then, the only other issue I can think of is the age of this climber
that is supposed to get pretty big and therefore not bloom much till it
reaches a certain size.

Good luck! Remember, a little patience :-).


That still applies, always, with roses.

--
Radika
California
USDA 9 / Sunset 15














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