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How to Secure Climbing Roses

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Secure climbing roses with stretchy ties.

Training a climbing rose provides a bountiful array of vertical blooms for the rose gardener. With basic pruning and training, over time a climbing rose bush will energetically cover a fence, trellis or wall with beautiful blossoms. Although climbing roses want to climb vertically, they will not intertwine themselves to a vertical support without assistance. Secure climbing roses to a vertical support to create a stunning garden display.

Allow new climbing roses to grow enough to reach the support during the first year. Do not tie the climb rose canes to the structure at all during the first year of growth.

Cut 1-inch by 8-inch pieces of stretchy fabric or 8-inch lengths of old nylons to create the ties for the roses.

Tie the canes to the support structure as the canes grow long enough to reach the support structure. Loop the ties carefully around both the structure and the canes, keeping approximately 6 inches of extra fabric as you tie the stretchy tie in a simple knot. This extra length of tie will ensure there is plenty of air circulation on all sides of the canes.

Space each tie approximately 15 inches apart as you tie the canes to the support.

Strive to train the canes in a horizontal position as the canes grow longer. Continue to tie the strong, structural canes in the same fashion at 15-inch intervals. You can identify the structural canes because they are stronger and sturdier than the offshoot canes. As you tie the structural canes horizontally, the offshoot canes will grow up vertically from the structural canes. Secure the offshoot canes as they grow in the same fashion.


Things You Will Need

  • Climbing roses
  • Vertical support
  • Stretchy ties (old nylons or stretchy fabric)
  • Scissors

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.