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Pegging Roses 101

globe style pegging

O.K. so what is that? Pegging is a nearly forgotten method of training roses to produce more bloom.

I have recommended securing climbing roses into horizontal positions whenever possible to achieve more blooming. The same is true of pegging except you're creating a cascading waterfall of roses on the ground. Roses will form bud eye breaks all along a lateral cane and increase your bloom potential from a few to hundreds!

The three styles are fountain, horizontal and globe.

By bending the long canes back towards the bottom and securing them near the base you achieve the "globe" style. This method is quite extraordinary and is especially appropriate in a formal garden setting.

Fountain style can seem to increase the height as well as the blooms on any given specimen. Fasten or restrain the ends of each cane equal distance around the plant but not at the base. This gives the plant a natural shape while giving the viewer many more blooms to admire.

Horizontal style covers a lot more ground so plan on plenty of space for this application. I find this method especially nice when there is an unsightly sloping area that need transforming. Since roses prefer moist, well drained soil, a location like this could end up being the star of the garden with masses of pegged everblooming roses!

Bourbon and Hybrid Perpetual roses are quite nice for pegging. Choose one that max's out at 7' to 8' tall as longer canes become unruly. Zepherine Drouhin is a good example. Make sure the new canes harden properly before trying to bend them into the proper shape as they are easily broken.

    

 

 

 

 

 

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