If not of the first importance in Rose gardens, weeping Roses have their value. When well furnished with healthy flowering wood they are objects of considerable interest and beauty.
Not every variety lends itself to manipulation as a weeping Rose. It would be useless to endeavour to make a weeper of a sort which naturally produces weak, stubby growths, and the attempt would only end in the grower becoming a weeper himself. Those varieties are the most suitable which produce long, pendent shoots.
It is wise to make a commencement with young trees established on standard Briers. By shortening the leading growth a few vigorous shoots are originated, and these, developing strongly, will bloom freely the following summer without further pruning save to remove the soft, unripe tips. If pruned back to basal buds, strong successional shoots will be produced, and these may be tied down as indicated by the dotted lines (Fig. 31).
When the head has been formed the pruner will have a simple task. His object will be to keep the tree well furnished with young, ripe wood, and to this end he should remove all growths which are old and weak, or soft, or which tend to cause crowding. With a limited number of branches, thinly disposed, and only pruned to the extent of removing unripe tips or thick side growth, there is no fear of a lack of flowers.
It must be remembered, however, that when the head is once formed wholesale cutting back will be fatal to free flowering.