Directions for Raising Climbing Roses

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Climbing roses, while not a real vine, will act like one when given the the opportunity to climb. Whether you are short on space or just want to stroll under a archway of blooms, climbing roses will work. You can plant them to trail up a wall, over a fence or even up and over an arbor. Easy to care for and beautiful to look at, climbing roses are a great addition to any garden.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your garden for the climbing roses. Make sure the spot gets plenty of sun. Roses need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

Step 2

Install a trellis or arbor. If you want your roses to climb up a wall or fence, use a trellis. If you want your climbing roses to hang over a walkway, choose an arbor. Be sure the trellis or arbor is sturdy enough to support the weight of fully grown roses. Install the trellis a foot or two away from the wall you want the roses to climb.

Step 3

Plant the climbing roses at the base of the trellis or arbor. Dig a hole about ten to twenty inches deep, depending on the size of the roses, and place the plant in the hole. Cover the hole with soil and compost.

Step 4

Trim all of the flowers and buds off of the roses. Wrap any long canes around the trellis or arbor and secure in place with string. Do not tie the string too tightly; allow the canes room to breath while holding them in place.

Step 5

Water climbing roses several times a week. Add rose fertilizer to improve the quality of the plant.

Step 6

Prune dead canes as they appear. Allow the rest of the plant to grow without being pruned for several years, unless it gets out of hand. A good climbing rose will take years to establish itself.

Step 7

Protect your roses from the cold. If you live in a snowy climate, only plant cold resistant varieties of roses, such as William Baffin or Polestar. Both are hardy to zone 2 and require little winter protection. Protect your roses from the frost by covering them with clear garbage bags if they are on an arbor, or laying them on the ground and burying them in mulch if they are on a trellis.

Tips and Warnings

  • Beware of aphids. They can quickly overrun a rose plant. Spray your climbing roses to avoid an infestation.

Things You'll Need

  • Support for roses
  • Rose plants


  • Planting Climbing Roses
  • Growing Climbing Roses

Who Can Help

  • USDA Zone Map
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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