Roses are generally fast growers, reaching their ultimate heights by their third growing season. Gardeners looking for very fast-growing roses should choose roses listed as "vigorous". These roses can send out long canes in their first season.
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The Fastest Growing Shrub Roses
The fastest growing shrub roses are often the hardiest, performing well year after year. Some vigorous cultivars include 'Alchymist', 'Blanc Double de Coubert', 'F. J. Grootendoorst' and the trailing shrub 'Seafoam' which spreads out quickly as a white ground cover.
Vigorous Climbers and Ramblers
The list of vigorous climbers and ramblers is long. Most are grafted on wild rootstock like the species rose, R. multiflora, and, as a result, they send out very long canes over a few weeks. Vigorous cultivars include the ramblers 'New Dawn' and 'American Pillar'. For vigorous climbers, consider 'Improved Blaze' and 'William Baffin'.
How to Ensure Fast Growth in Roses
To ensure fast growth, begin by planting the rose in a sunny location. Dig the planting hole as wide and deep as the root system and replace the soil with potting mix. Keep the soil moist. Follow a pruning schedule according to the needs of the rose type. Feed with liquid rose food just as the leaves are unfurling in spring and again after the rose has flowered.
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