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How to Grow a Climbing Rose on a Stucco Wall

By Dale Devries ; Updated September 21, 2017
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Climbing roses grow long canes, but unlike vines, they do not have tendrils that grasp onto supports. These types of roses need to be trained to supports, usually a trellis or arbor. Among the climbing roses are large-flowered climbers, ever-blooming climbers and climbing hybrid teas. You can find a climbing rose in almost any size and color to fit right into your landscape.

Install a trellis 3 inches away from the stucco wall or attach large metal hooks to the wall. If you're using metal hooks, place them to resemble a fan. You will need at least three to start with, and you can add more later. One should be in the center, about 12 inches off the ground, then two out to the sides, 6 inches from the center and 6 inches off the ground.

Dig a hole in front of the trellis or center it under the middle hook. Make the hole three times the diameter and the same depth of the climbing rose's root ball. Clean all the grass, weeds and debris from the dug-out soil. Amend the soil with 1 part compost and 1 part peat moss to two parts original soil. Mix the amended soil well.

Place the root ball into the planting hole, and fill the hole halfway with amended soil. Water to settle the soil around the root ball and continue to fill until the soil is level with the surrounding ground. Water again, soaking the area.

Water the rose to keep the soil damp for two weeks while the roots get established. Then, water once or twice a week, depending on how hot or dry the weather is.

Apply fertilizer once you start to see some growth. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations as to how much fertilizer to use

Spread a 3-inch layer of wood chips or hay mulch around the base of the plant in a 3-foot diameter. This will keep weeds from growing and help retain moisture.

Attach one cane to each hook or in the same pattern on a trellis, using plant ties, once they grow long enough. You can also use 8 to 10 inch strips of fabric if you can’t find plant ties. As the canes grow, place new hooks a little farther and higher and attach the canes. Using a trellis is easier, but the hooks are less visible and it looks like the rose is climbing the stucco wall.


Things You Will Need

  • Trellis or metal hooks
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Rose fertilizer
  • Mulch
  • Plant ties