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These are often slow starters and will not produce a profusion of flowers for at least two years after planting. They are, however, very long lived. They can be grown on arches, pergolas, fences and walls. There is a basic difference between ramblers and climbers. Ramblers are very vigorous, somewhat untidy growers, and bear a heavy crop of small flowers in clusters. Climbers make fewer basal shoots; the growths are stiffer, the flowers are individual and much larger. Some varieties bloom more or less continuously.
If the plants are to be grown against walls or fences, place them not less than 10 ft. apart so that their long shoots can spread out properly. If climbers are to grow on house walls, plant them 15 in. away from the house to allow moisture to reach the roots. Keep the soil clear of other plants for about 18 in. in all directions. If a rose is to be grown up a pillar or post, plant the rose 12 in. away from it and tie it loosely to the post. Pruning is very important, as all ramblers and some climbers bloom on shoots which have grown during the previous year