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How to Use a Rose Trellis

By Lauren Wise ; Updated September 21, 2017

A rose trellis is an ideal way to add climbing roses and an architectural aspect to your landscape. It provides a stable background for the roses to grow on and spread over an area of your garden. It is important to keep in mind that a rose trellis is used to train growing roses, and that is how they become climbing roses. A trellis allows you to grow roses wherever you want in your garden, and accent it from any angle.

Decide where you want to put the trellis in your landscape. You need to find an area that is large enough to support whatever size trellis you are going to use. This can be the side of a house, shed, a fence, or a wall in your yard. If you already have roses in a particular place in your garden, figure out how to position a trellis behind these so that they can be trained to climb on it. If you have not yet planted the rose bush yet, pick a place for the trellis where you can plant the rose bush.

Mount the trellis in the area you chose to ensure it won't fall over. Use trellis hooks to secure it on the top of either side (right or left), as well as the middle. Drill the hooks into the wall or insert them in an adequate manner, depending on the wall and the hooks. Keep in mind that you can attach a trellis on top of low walls or fences to raise their height, to create privacy or to expand the growing area for plants.

Set the trellis onto the hooks once they are fully inserted and stable.

Use plant ties or strips of pantyhose to tie the rose canes from the rose bush to the trellis. Position different canes at angles so the rose bush will grow in a spreading manner over the trellis, not just straight up. You will have to continue tying as the rose bush grows.

Keep an eye on the climbing roses as they grow, training them by tying new growth to the trellis and making sure that they are always pruned properly on the trellis and that the trellis is sturdy.


Things You Will Need

  • Trellis
  • Rose bush
  • Plant ties
  • Trellis hooks
  • Place to put trellis