The Romantic 'Don Juan' Rose
'Don Juan' Climbing Rose
The 10' tall, dark red and handsome 'Don Juan' rose will capture your heart. The stiffly upright canes of climbing Rosa 'Don Juan' culminate in heavily fragrant, voluptuous blossoms.
The red velvet flowers occur singly or in small clusters.
The blooms are large, having 35 ruffled petals each, and well endowed with fragrance.
They occur on both new and old wood.
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I have a Don Juan climbing red rose planted on the south wall of my house.
My husband Tiny embedded metal loops into the concrete block so I could train the rose up the wall. I use strips of pantyhose to tie his long, stiff stems to the loops.
I like to use hose because it stretches as the stems swell and you never have to worry about it cutting into them.
It also gives me an opportunity to recycle my stockings instead of tossing them.
My 'Don Juan' pruned in preparation for house painting.
I cut away the canes growing nearest the wall and headed the rest back so that the painter could get behind them.
I'll be growing Don as a tall shrub this year but his strongly upright growth habit cannot be kept under control for long.
By summer, new canes will be thrusting toward the sky.
The 'Don Juan' climbing rose is a prolific bloomer. It flushes throughout the growing season but gives its best performance in early spring and early winter when the weather is cool here. It takes a siesta during the hot months and only blooms lightly.
'Don Juan' is a vigorous lover.
He will need trimming or tying up 2 or 3 times per season.
Train him up a tall trellis for climbing roses and allow adequate space for his ultimate girth--about 4 feet across at maturity.
If I had the space, I would arch each of his main stems to the ground and peg it. Rose stems trained in this fashion bloom much more heavily. If you've ever seen a rose handled this way, you know how gorgeous they are in full flush. The 'Don Juan' rose would be perfect for this treatment but, alas, I lack the necessary room.
The wine red new leaves.
One of this plant's best features is its healthy, dark green leaves.
I almost never spray it and it has rarely had a problem with black spot.
This is quite a feat considering how steamy and wet Florida summers can be.
Perhaps this spectacular disease resistance is due to its being grafted onto Rosa fortuniana rootstock.
I prune it in the spring to take out any dead, broken, or crossing stems. Then I head the remaining stems back to about 4 feet. During the growing season, I just head back stems that have gotten to tall and remove stems that are threatening to smack us in the face as we pass.
*Rosa fortuniana is a rootstock used primarily on roses intended for sale in warm climates.
Roses grafted onto R. fortuniana give evidence of superior garden performance when compared to roses grafted onto other rootstocks in trials.
This rootstock is susceptible to winter injury and so is not used in the northern U.S.
'Don Juan' climbing roses were hybridized by Malandrone and introduced in 1958. They grow and bloom superbly in zones 6a-10b.
Plant this classic lover where his heady perfume will climb into your open windows and ravish you.
More Climbing Roses:
The White Iceberg Climbing Rose, a Fragrant Floribunda
The Lovely, Lavender Climbing Angel Face Rose
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