History of Cecile Brunner Climbing Roses:
This stunning rose traces its origins back to France where it was developed by Joseph Pernet-Ducher. These roses got their name from the daughter of a famous Swiss grower or roses named Ulrich Brunner, who had a daughter named Cecile! Cecile Brunner was created by crossing a more common tea rose named Madame de Tartas with the popular Mignoette rose, and it was first introduced to the world in 1881. Growers of this rose can expect a soft and subtle addition to their garden that brings a lovely sweet smelling fragrance.
Cecile Brunner climbing roses are sometimes also referred to as Mme, and even more commonly called the sweetheart rose. As a climbing rose this particular variety looks absolutely stunning when grown along an arbor or a trellis. Because of its delicate features, you will frequently see growers place this beauty in country and cottage style gardens. This is a wonderful choice if you are looking to create bouquets of miniatures.
Growing Cecile Brunner Climbing Roses:
This deciduous variety is found in both a vine and a bush type rose. Cecile Brunner climbing roses will provide you with ample fragrant double blooms in a shade of light pink. They are hardy in zones 4-11 and require a full sun location if you want to see them give their best performance. The first year you plant them, make sure you adhere to a consistent and generous schedule of watering so that your new roses have the opportunity to develop a strong and extensive system of roots. Once your new rose is established, you can cut back to regular weekly waterings. If you live in a region with extremely hot summer months, you will need to water your roses a little more frequently.
The Cecile Brunner climbing roses are not compact growers by any means. While it is not the most robust rose variety out there, you can expect the long canes to grow anywhere from 10 feet to 20 feet in length, with the plant growing outwards up to 6 feet wide. With proper care this variety will produce blooms for you starting in the spring and lasting right through until the fall months.
Selecting a Location for Cecile Brunner Climbing Roses:
The growing conditions for this variety are not much different than other roses. You are going to need to select a site that has a lot of sunlight, preferably a minimum of 8 hours each day for maximum performance. You also need to select a site that has good air circulation and is not too cramped among other plant life. Try to account for at least a foot of space surrounding the rose once it has reached maturity. This is a good practice to get into when growing roses because it will help limit your risk of diseases.
Roses tend to do best in well-balanced soil, but can't the same be said for most plants? If you have typical soil like the rest of us, it's always a good idea to mix in several inches of a good organic material into your soil. Any local garden center can supply you with the right mix. If you have the luxury of starting a new garden, it's a good idea to till the soil mix in, something you may not be able to do if you are adding to an existing garden.
Long-term Care of Cecile Brunner Climbing Roses:
I'm a big fan of mulching my flower beds. This is something surprisingly many gardeners do not take the time to do because it's not a glamorous job and it can be back-breaking. The benefits however far outweigh the work. For roses in particular, laying down a nice layer of several inches of an organic mulch will do wonders for your roses. Not only does the mulch help to conserve water and keep the weeds at bay, but it also does a fantastic job of regulating the soil temperature and helps stave off diseases that start at the soil level.
When watering your delicate beauties, make sure the plant is dry down to at least the first inch of soil. If you water too frequently it will have unwanted results just as if you didn't water enough. A good general rule of thumb is not to water the plant from the top down as all of the leaves may not dry properly and that is an invitation for disease. Try to water the base of the plant as much as possible and if you pruned your rose well and chose a location with good air circulation, you should have no problems.
Pruning Cecile Brunner Climbing Roses:
This is actually a fairly low maintenance rose. Depending on your climate, try to get out there in late winter or early spring to prune your roses, before the new growth starts taking off. It's always easier to perform a good pruning when all the leaves aren't in the way. Start off by removing any dead and diseased branches (this should be done all the time) and then start shaping your rose bush. In my experience, modest pruning each year is a far better approach to letting the rose grow out of control for several years and then trying to overcorrect in a single pruning.
If you prune the plant too heavily it can shock it and then you will have to wait a season or two for it to come back strong…been there! What I do is first shape the outside canes, training it if you will to stay in the space I've chosen. Once you have the rough shape, then move inwards and take out the weaker canes that are overlapping the larger ones. Ideally you want a nice open plant where the incoming foliage can get as much sunlight as possible, but this is sometimes difficult with climbing roses. Use your best judgment and just try not to go overboard. Small steps are always preferable to cutting off too much.
I hope you enjoyed the information on Cecile Brunner climbing roses and be sure to check out some of our other topics on great tips and ideas for growing and caring for roses!
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