Training Climbing Roses


Climbing roses add beautiful color to walls, fences or trellises. You can train them to grow at an angle or even straight up. Climbing roses look and grow best when their canes (large stems) and blossoms are kept off the ground. Despite the name, these roses do not vine up or around objects and will need help climbing, as they will sprawl or droop to the ground if not secured. Training climbing roses means providing sturdy support that encourages blooming from all the shoots.

Step 1

Install a sturdy trellis before planting, if possible, or plant the roses near a sturdy fence. The area should be sunny, as roses do best in full sun for most of the day.

Step 2

Plant the roses as you would any other rose. Add compost to the soil and dig a hole just under 2 feet deep and at least that wide. Place the plant with the crown at ground level and scoop in the dirt around it and beneath it, if necessary. Water it in well. According to the National Gardening Association, climbing roses should be planted within 2 feet (18 to 30 inches) of the trellis or other supportive structure.

Step 3

Use stretchy tape or plant ties (gardening supply stores usually carry both) to tie the larger canes to the trellis, fence or other structure. For newly planted roses, you'll have to wait until the canes get long enough, of course. When tying, spread the canes out as you wish them to grow and avoid tying them too tightly. Separate the canes far enough from each other so that lower canes won't be too hidden from sunlight, which could interfere with blooming and the plant's overall health.

Step 4

Check the ties each time you water the plant. You may need to adjust ties, reposition canes and add more ties as the rose grows.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid using thin wire or string to tie the canes; in time, these will dig into the plant, potentially damaging it.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis or fence
  • Garden gloves
  • Stretch tape, stretchy cloth pieces or plant ties
  • Pruning shears


  • Training a Climbing Rose
  • Training Climbing Roses
  • Tying Climbing Roses
Keywords: training climbing roses, tying climbing roses to trellis, using trellis or fence for roses

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