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How to Care for a Joseph's Coat Climbing Rose

By Annita Lawson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Joseph's Coat climbing rose
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Joseph's Coat climbing rose (Rosa 'Joseph's Coat') is a hardy, attractive rose named for the red, orange and yellow blooms that it produces in spring and summer. This rose easily attaches itself to a trellis, arbor or other structure, but can also be planted as a shrub. Joseph's Coat grows quickly and can reach heights of five to 10 feet when allowed to vine and up to seven feet when grown as a shrub.

Dig a hole that is the same depth and twice the width as the container the rose is growing in. Add a three-inch layer of organic compost to the hole. Plant the rose, making sure that the roots are not compacted, and replace the loosened soil.

Water until the soil is thoroughly moistened. Add a two-inch layer of mulch, taking care not to heap the mulch against the stem of the plant.

Continue to water throughout the growing season, whenever the top three inches of soil are dry. Always water at ground level to prevent fungal disease.

Use plant ties to attach Joseph's Coat to the climbing structure against which you would like it to grow.

Clip off spent blooms throughout the growing season. This will encourage a new wave of blossoms to develop.

Feed every two weeks with a general purpose fertilizer mixed according to package directions. Stop fertilizing in late summer so that nutrients will be directed toward the roots and not wasted on new growth.

Check often for signs of disease and pest infestation. Treat with insecticidal soap if you notice that bugs are causing problems for your plant. If you notice spots that do not appear to be caused by insects, treat promptly with a fungicide.

Prune Joseph's Coat in late winter after the plant has become dormant. Cut the side canes back to two to three inches in length. Only trim the large canes if they have outgrown available space. Do not prune until the plant is well-established, which usually requires two growing seasons.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Organic compost
  • Mulch
  • General purpose fertilizer
  • Plant ties
  • Pruning shears


  • Choose a location in your yard or garden that receives sun the majority of the day to plant Joseph's Coat. The soil should hold moisture well, but not remain soggy.
  • Joseph's Coat is hardy in zones 6 to 10.
  • If you notice signs of disease but are unsure of the cause, snip off an affected leaf and take it to your local gardening center or extension office for advice.
  • Stop deadheading Joseph's Coat in late summer.
  • Add a fresh layer of mulch in late fall or early winter to help protect the roots.


  • Do not over water Joseph's Coat, as this could cause root rot and fungal disease.