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'Clair Matin' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 74-333
most recent 30 SEP 13 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 SEP 13 by Renato Emma
Syn.'Meimont', 'Grimpant Clair Matin'
Rosa rampicante Floribunda/Grandiflora a portamento vigoroso-eretto, ben ramificato. Foglie lucide, cuoiose, verde scuro. Fiori md/grandi, singoli o in mazzi, rosa intenso, e al centro rosa pastello. Fragranza moderata, dolce, con sentore di miele. Resistente a freddo, smog e malattie; rifiorente. H.3,5mt L.2mt. Adatta x fiori da taglio e esposizione.
(ROSACEAE) (Marie-Louise Meilland, Meilland Intern., Francia, 1960)
Discussion id : 70-947
most recent 8 APR 13 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 8 APR 13 by rose dabbler
I just bought clair matin and am wondering where to plant it. Among my options is a spot between two established climbing roses (spice so nice and the impressionist) that are eight feet apart and growing up my porch pillars. I would like to place the CM between the two and train half of it's canes horizontally to the left along the porch railing and the other half to the right until it meets the posts and to intermingle/twine with the other climbing roses up the posts. Is this realistic or would it be just too crowded? Can CM be happy pruned to just a few canes that will put the new growth into length, or does it need to be treated more as a massive bush?

Are there other roses that would be happy in this situation?

I am in Zone 6 and the porch is south-facing with all-day sun.


Discussion id : 60-479
most recent 1 JAN 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 JAN 12 by Bebba
I love this rose! Not only is it luxuriant and almost completely covers my arbor, but it is disease resistant here in N. California. But most of all I love the details: the beauty of the buds, which are quite red until they open pink, and the leaves, which have a tiny red edge. You can cut long sprays of this one when there are only a couple of flowers open in the spray and the buds are only just beginning to show color. They will open indoors beautifully and reliably. Am glad to read here that the fragrance is "sweetbriar", because I've always loved that. I would have said, simply, "fresh". Deserves its 8.7 ARS rating. Enjoy!
Reply #1 of 1 posted 1 JAN 12 by jedmar
We have Clair Matin growing in our garden in Switzerland and it is incredibly floriferous and vigorous. The amount of canes it produces annually is just unbelievable.
Discussion id : 35-484
most recent 11 JUL 09 SHOW ALL
Initial post 11 APR 09 by jorge
Thanks so much for your very nice webpage. I would like to submit this inquiry:

I have a Clair Matin Rose climber. The plant is now 15 years old and it has grown out of hand. It is 3.50 to 4 mts tall. I trained it on and along a trellis structure. I have always pruned the last 1/3 of the year's growth each year for fear of injuring the plant or inhibiting bloom.
Because of space restrictions, and neighbouring property lines, I should now have to cut it back (and down) 1 to 1.50 m, but the branches are 2 to 3 inches thick, woody, and few at this hight.
Can I expect the remaining "poles" (I'd hate it to look like that!) to still sprout out enough shoots to look normal and bloom well?
Will the plant perform well after severe pruning?
Will it recover something of a showery display of leaves and buds?
Or would I be better off starting off with a plant anew?

I will sincerely appreciate your feedback.
Jorge Roca
Reply #1 of 3 posted 13 APR 09 by HMF Admin
Jorge, while you wait for a reply from a site guest familiar with this rose, you might review the Ezine, Q&A and videos for help with pruning.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 11 JUL 09 by Chris
i think that a harsh pruning helps a lot of plants over time. take out a percentage of the old canes each year until it is manageable, as i prune my blueberries to get them to keep bearing. take 20 or more percent out per year, it will stimulate fresh growth;even 50% may work well for the purposes you have mind. chris in ct. (think of how much lilacs benefit from a harsh pruning)
Reply #3 of 3 posted 11 JUL 09 by jorge
thanks a lot for your answer.
I do recognize the renovating power of trimming, but when it comes to very severe pruning for long established roses I have serius doubts. I'll try anyway, as it seems better than just let go off it at this stage.
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