How to Grow a Tall Tea Rose


Tea roses thrive in many climates and locations. These small, blossoming shrubs produce attractive blossoms throughout the growing season. Most varieties of tea roses produce scented blossoms in shades of yellow, red, lavender and orange. Grown for their single blossoms on long stems, these flowers make excellent choices for vases and arrangements. Growing tall tea roses requires careful selection and proper planting and pruning techniques.

Step 1

Select a healthy tea rose to plant in your garden. Choose a climbing variety for height along a wall or supporting structure. Climbing varieties include the Climbing Peace rose and the Climbing Crimson Glory rose. Non-climbing tea roses include Mon Cheri, Double Delight and Chicago Peace. Check the label of individual roses to determine the expected height at maturity. Most tea roses mature between 2 and 3 feet tall. Look for rose bushes with strong roots systems and healthy, new shoots.

Step 2

Plant your tea rose in an area that provides plenty of sunlight and protection from strong winds. Provide rich, well-drained soil to ensure adequate nutrients necessary for strong, tall growth. Incorporate sand and compost into heavy soils. Mix these additives thoroughly into the existing topsoil with a garden shovel. Loosen an area a couple of times larger than the root ball of your tea rose. Plant the tea rose into your prepared soil. Tamp down soil and water well to encourage quick growth.

Step 3

Prune your tea rose to encourage maximum height. Use sharp pruning shears to snip away weak and broken stems and branches. Encourage tall growth by cutting back side shoots that emerge from the main stem. Look for suckers, small shoots that emerge from the soil at the base of the rose plant. Snip these off to discourage low, bushy growth. Encourage strong stem and foliage growth by pruning off flower buds and wilting blossoms.

Tips and Warnings

  • Many tea roses suffer during cold winters. Protect your tea rose from cold temperatures by piling mulch above the roots in the fall and covering with a blanket during extreme frosts.

Things You'll Need

  • Tall tea rose plant
  • Sand
  • Compost
  • Garden shovel
  • Pruning shears


  • Missouri University: Roses
  • Kansas State University: Growing Roses
  • Texas A&M University: Pruning Methods
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About this Author

Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.