The Rosa ‘Sympathie’ is a genus from the rose family (Rosaceae). The rose originally comes from the northern part of the world. The Rosa ‘Sympathie’ is a repeat-blooming, large-flowered, climbing rose.

A climbing rose cannot really climb on its own because it has no means to hold on to anything. You always have to use some kind of support or climbing structure. Use stretchable fasteners to attach the canes to the structure in order not to choke or damage the growing canes.

You can keep this rose healthy by placing it in a sunny spot in moist soil. In hot summer climates roses like some protecting from the hot afternoon sun. In cold climates, planting a rose next to a south- or west-facing wall can help minimize winter freeze damage. The soil has to be well-drained because it does not like wet feet. Give enough food; once in spring, once during the flowering season and once in fall. In sandy soil extra watering and food is recommended because it flushes away faster. Keep the area around the roots free of weed.

The climbing rose will make long shoots from the grafting union These are the main canes and structural part of the plant. Those canes will develop lateral canes that will produce the flowers. The flowers of the Rosa ‘Sympathie’ are lightly scented and fully double. Remove the spent flowers to encourage the growth of new lateral canes that will bloom. If you do not deadhead, this rose will develop hips. The hips do not have any ornamental value but do use up energy that can also be put into developing new flowers.

Large-flowered climbing roses do not have to be pruned in the first two years. Only remove dead, weak and sick branches. The main canes should not be pruned unless they hardly produce any flowers or are dying. In that case you cut them to the ground. Always allow a good air circulation or else fungi might grow. It is best to prune repeat-blooming, climbing roses at the end of the year, after bloom. The lateral canes can be cut back to about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) from the main cane. You always cut just above an eye.

 

 

Attracts bees: no

Characteristic: deciduous

Deer resistant: no

Exposure: sun

Flower color: red

Flowering time: June – October

Foliage color: green

Fragrant flower: yes

Hardiness: -13 ºF/-25 ºC

Height: 10 feet/ 3 m

Soil: normal/moist