How to Grow Organic Climbing Roses


Organic, whether food or flower, is good for the planet, good for your family and good for the land. To be truly organic, the land cannot have had any pesticides or other chemicals used on it in the past seven years. This is important if you are looking to sell your roses as certified organic. But if you are just looking for a natural and healthy way to have a beautiful garden, organic gardening is really about using natural plant foods and mulches, attracting beneficial insects and allowing your roses to grow in their most natural and beautiful state.

Step 1

Dig a hole near a wall, trellis or other structure that you want your rose to climb up. The hole should be twice as large as the nursery pot your rose came in.

Step 2

Mix the soil with rich, well-rotted organic compost and aged manure. This will improve the soil and provide important nutrients for your climbing rose.

Step 3

Turn the rose on its side and, grasping the base of the stem, wiggle it free from the pot. Be sure to wear heavy leather gloves to avoid getting stabbed by the sharp thorns.

Step 4

Place the root ball into the hole so it is resting on the bottom. The base of the stem should be level with the surrounding earth. Fill in or remove soil as necessary until the plant stands freely.

Step 5

Fill in the soil around the root ball a few handfuls at a time. Pat down the soil as you go to remove air pockets, which will cause the roots to oxidize and rot. Water the area so that the soil is damp to a depth of at lest 6 inches.

Step 6

Attach any canes that are long enough to the trellis or structure that the rose will climb on. Use natural twine or wire and tie each cane loosely to the structure. As the plant puts out new growth, attach each developing cane in the shape you want it to grow in.

Step 7

Fertilize in the spring using 2 cups of a well-balanced organic fertilizer. Sprinkle the fertilizer onto the soil at the base of the plant and water it in. Fertilize again starting in midsummer with 1 gallon of fish emulsion fertilizer. Repeat the application monthly until six weeks before the first frost date in your area.


  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association: Growing Roses
  • Cornell University: Integrated Pest Management of Roses
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About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.