How to Train Climbing Roses to Grow on a Trellis


A vining rose bush climbing vertically along a trellis is the delight of many gardeners. When you have a healthy and vibrant climb rose bush with lush horizontal canes attached to a trellis, the rose bush will energetically grow and bloom to cover the trellis with beautiful blossoms. Train climbing roses carefully to help them establish. After performing this foundational help, the rose vines will be ready to climb with little assistance or intervention on your part.

Step 1

Examine the rose bush carefully to determine the difference between the canes. You will find structural canes at the bottom of the bush and flowering canes growing out from these structural canes. For best results, you must train the structural canes horizontally. This will enable the flowering canes to grow up vertically from the horizontal canes.

Step 2

Snip 6-inch-long pieces of the nylons to use to attach the canes to the trellis. When you use these stretchy ties, you will ensure that the ties stretch along with the canes and do not injure them.

Step 3

Attach the structural canes horizontally to the trellis using the stretchy ties. Allow ample space between the canes for air circulation and try to tie the canes as horizontally as possible as you attach them. Space each tie approximately 8 inches apart along the canes and tie them in double knots.

Step 4

Leave the flowering canes alone as they grow up from the structural canes. If the flowering canes need help growing to the trellis, tie the canes loosely where necessary using the stretchy ties.

Step 5

Prune away old and damaged flowering canes every spring by cutting them back to the point where they grow from the structural canes. Prune back the healthy flowering canes by one-third to encourage new and energetic growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis
  • Climbing rose bush
  • Stretchy ties (old nylons)
  • Scissors
  • Pruning shears


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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.