How to Care for a Cane Rose


Roses can be found in gardens all around the world. Considered to be one of the most fragrant flowers of all time, the rose comes in many different varieties and colors. Whether you are growing a climbing rose, a shrub rose or a cane rose, all roses require some time and patience to keep them looking their best. It doesn't take a professional gardener to properly care for a cane rose; it just takes a few materials and a little time.

Step 1

Purchase a cane rose that can grow well in your area. Consult a professional at your local plant nursery for advice on the best rose for your area.

Step 2

Plant the rose in an area that receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. The soil in the planting area should be well drained and not pool water. Use leather gloves and a spade shovel to plant your rose.

Step 3

Water the cane rose as needed, depending upon the weather conditions in your area, to keep the soil around the rose moist to the touch. Never overwater the rose due to the risk of disease and root rot.

Step 4

Apply a layer of mulch approximately 4 to 5 inches thick to help maintain moist soil and to keep down the growth of weeds around the rose.

Step 5

Fertilize the cane rose using rose food especially designed for roses. You can purchase rose food at your local garden specialty store or plant nursery.

Step 6

Prune the rose in early spring after the danger of the last frost has passed and before the rose begins to bloom. Use sharp pruning shears to cut away dead or diseased canes or canes that are growing from the center of the rose.

Step 7

Winterize the rose by mounding straw around the base of the rose. Allow the straw to rise as high on the rose as possible. The straw will act as insulation for the rose and can easily be removed in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather gloves
  • Spade shovel
  • Mulch
  • Rose food
  • Pruning shears
  • Straw


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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.