How to Plant a Climbing Rose


Climbing roses add a graceful touch to any yard or flower garden. They are available in an array of colors and sizes and will climb a trellis, arbor, porch rail or almost any other structure that will support them. While some people are intimidated by the notion of growing these roses, they are actually quite hardy and when planted correctly, will do well with little to no fuss at all.

Step 1

Choose the right location in your yard or garden to plant the climbing rose bush. Roses do best when they receive six hours of sunlight per day, but will tolerate partial shade. The soil must be well-drained, as roses can be damaged quickly by root rot if their roots remain too moist.

Step 2

Place a trellis, arbor or other support into the ground before digging the planting hole for your rose bush.

Step 3

Dig a planting hole 1 1/2 feet from the chosen climbing structure. The hole should be 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep.

Step 4

Amend the loosened soil with 3 to 4 handfuls of organic compost. Carefully remove the rose from its growing container and loosen the roots with your fingers. Place the rose into the planting hole and back fill with the soil and compost mixture. Tamp down the soil with your fingers to remove any air pockets.

Step 5

Water with a garden hose until the soil is thoroughly saturated so the root system receives plenty of water.

Step 6

Add a 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the rose to control weeds and hold in moisture.

Step 7

Fasten the canes to the climbing structure with plant ties if they are long enough at the time of planting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make certain that the climbing structure is well-anchored to prevent the rose bush from being damaged by high winds.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Climbing support
  • Organic compost
  • Garden hose
  • Organic mulch
  • Plant ties


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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.