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18/06/2013 at 20:10

I bought this from a rose nursery last year so it's on it's second year. Lots of growth but no sign of flowers . It had rose fertiliser applied in the spring plus has been mulched with garden compost.  It's on a north facing wall but does get some sun. Am I being too impatient and anysuggestions please ? Many thanks.

18/06/2013 at 20:18

Mine took a few years to get established. Early on it produced lax spindly stems and just the odd flower. It is still weak stemmed but now it has reached the top of its frame it has lots of flowers.

18/06/2013 at 20:37

Lax spindly stems is a very good description of what mine is doing. Looks like I'm being too impatient! Thank goodness my new Zephirine Drouhin is about to flower to make up for it a bit. Thanks for your help.

18/06/2013 at 20:46

And don't forget that climbing roses flower much more prolifically when their stems are trained as close to the horizontal as possible - 

That should spur it into action 

18/06/2013 at 21:17

I did that with the main stems this year which is why I feel a bit cheated, but I'll have to just get over it and dream of years when I finally have my wall covered with gorgeous roses.

18/06/2013 at 21:21

It will happen and you'll love it - it is a gorgeous rose 

22/08/2015 at 16:51

Like Wynken,  I planted both last year and the Zepherine Drouhin is lovely - growing well and neatly with numerous flowers.  The Mme Alfred Carriere is not only scrambling all over the place (yes I'm trying to train it horizontally), but also has leaves that look like sucker leaves - although they come from shoots higher up.  It produced one lovely flower at the beginning of the season.  

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