The immense popularity of Crimson Rambler renders a few words on its management obligatory.
There is reason to fear that the wonderful luxuriance of this grand Rose will lead to cultural neglect. It will be regarded as capable of looking after itself. So it is, if it is given an open situation and deep, fertile soil. But that is not to say that it may not be improved by skilled attention.
The freedom of growth which characterises Crimson Rambler may easily be its bane, for it tends, by the accumulated shoots of years, to become a thicket. The old wood, which has flowered once, twice, or more, becomes weak, and the young growth, which gives the finest flowers, has not sufficient space to develop and ripen.
Anyone who makes a beginning with a young plant which has only one shoot should cut it down close to the ground. A new shoot will push strongly, and may be lightly shortened the following spring.
In the second season, if not the first, flowering side shoots will break freely, and at the same time young growths will spring up from the base, which will bloom the following year.
If the soil is good, and the plant healthy, shoots will push up from the base every year, and it is the business of the grower to take advantage of this fact, and thin out periodically old canes which have done duty, taking care, of course, to retain a few canes in a ripe, flowering state.