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How to Train Climbing Roses

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How to Train Climbing Roses

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Overview

Climbing roses are a beautiful addition to any garden, and can be grown against a wall, trellis or fence. It is important to train your climbing rose bush to grow where you want it to, or else it will go wild and grow anywhere and everywhere.

Step 1

Train your climbing roses on a trellis if you want to be able to transplant it, or if no wall or fence is available. Build or purchase a sturdy trellis. Secure the trellis in the ground and use plant ties or strips of spandex material to secure the larger branches of the rose bush to the trellis. As the rose bush grows, secure the climbing branches to the trellis. Do not tie them too tightly.

Step 2

Train your climbing roses to climb a wall to cover large areas of your landscape. Use a drill to secure anchors to the wall, whether it is the side of the house, shed or a concrete wall. Use anchors that have an eye so you can slip plant ties through to hold up the climbing rose branches. Secure anchors to different parts of the wall to hold up various portions of the climbing roses. Add more anchors, higher up, as the roses grow. Space out the roses on the fence so they have enough air circulation, especially if the fence is solid material that no air can blow through.

Step 3

Train roses to climb fences in order to create more privacy in your yard, cover large areas or create a gazebo effect in your garden. The fence needs to be very sturdy, just like a trellis. Use plant ties or strips of stretchy material like spandex to secure the branches to different parts of the fence. Space out the roses on the fence so they have enough air circulation, especially if the fence is solid material that no air can blow through.

Step 4

Monitor your climbing roses no matter where you trained them to grow. Prune them regularly and water generously. Spread the growing branches evenly over the surface area and trim back dead or diseased climbing roses. Trim back the leaves if they begin to cover up the rose blooms .

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis
  • Pruning shears
  • Plant ties
  • Anchors
  • Screwdriver

References

  • Climbing Roses
  • Climbing Rose Tips
Keywords: training roses, climbing roses, caring for roses

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.