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14/12/2012 at 08:32

I have a large old American Pillar climbing rose that was very severely cut back 3 years ago, it gets very badly infected by mildew, which discolors the flowers and they then fall of. I have been spraying it with a fungicide which controls the disease but this operation has to be done every 2 weeks during the summer. Is the American pillar prone to disease? I would like to have a climbing rose on the cottage wall, if I planted a disease resistant climbing rose would I be wasting my time?

The wall is south facing, exposed, heavy clay.

14/12/2012 at 09:29

I've never seen an American Pillar rose which didn't have mildew  and in my experience it has much worse mildew than any other rose - I know it's supposed to have average disease resistance but that's my experience.

I also believe AP is a rambler rather than a true climber.  

I don't see why you shouldn't successfully grow a climbing rose on the cottage wall - I'd prepare the soil well digging plenty of moisture-retentive material into the clay which will help prevent mildew.  Lots of choice on this website - there's a helpful rose selecting guide down the left hand side. 

Good luck 

14/12/2012 at 10:04

An excellent site from Dove, but I love David Austin roses as well. I have a pale yellow climber called "The Pilgrim" and it didn't have a trace of disease this year, not even black spot.

17/12/2012 at 08:19

Thank you for your advice, I look forward to not having to spray the side of the cottage next year.

17/12/2012 at 09:50

I love David Austin roses too and have several lovely roses from him.  However, I do think the selection guide on the PB site is really helpful - the best I've come across - which is why I recommend it 

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