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How to Plant Lady Bank Roses

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

Lady Banks (Rosa banksiae) is a yellow climbing rose. Native to China, Lady Banks is a species rose -- not a hybrid. All climbing roses require training to climb, and Lady Banks is no exception. Once trained to a trellis or other structure, however, the Lady Banks rose is a vigorous plant, cascading and covered with blooms. Plant bare root Lady Banks roses in late winter, or potted plants in early spring. Install the trellis or other support system prior to planting the rose.

Choose an area to plant your Lady Banks rose that receives full sun all day. Lady Banks is susceptible to powdery mildew when planted in cool, shady spots

Place the bare root Lady Banks into a bucket of water. Allow the roots to soak until you are ready to plant. If the rose is in a pot, water the soil until excess water runs from the bottom of the pot.

Amend the soil in the planting area, 6 inches from the trellis, by adding 3 inches of compost and, using a gardening fork or spade, mixing it to a depth of 6 inches.

Dig a 15-inch deep hole, 18 inches wide. Create a mound of soil on the bottom of the hole. Throw a handful of bone meal into the hole.

Place the rose's roots on top of the mound of soil in the bottom of the hole. You will want the rose's roots to hang down over the sides of the mound and barely brush the bottom of the hole, so you may have to add or remove soil from the mound to get it the right size. Check to make sure that the crown, or bud union, will be at least 1 inch below the level of the soil when planted.

Fill the planting hole halfway with soil, then fill it with water. The water will help settle the soil around the Lady Banks' roots. When it drains, finish filling the hole with soil.

Use your hands or feet to tamp the soil around the base of the rose, and water it slowly until the water puddles.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening fork
  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Bone meal

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.