A different approach to planting climbing roses
All types of climbing roses, as well as ramblers, are primarily roses and therefore they need a slightly aerated, sunny location and good soil to be comfortable.
If you want to know more about that stuff, start with planting roses and the following pages, to get a feeling for the needs of the roses.
I prefer to plant bare root roses, but that is a matter of taste, and you cannot buy them all year-long.
However, what is so unique and different in planting climbing roses?
Climbing roses tend to overtake the space where you plant them. If you want them to grow up a tree, it is ok to position climbers close to them. Otherwise, place them away from trees, shrubs and any other plants.
It is worth to take your time to choose the location and the type of climbing rose carefully up front. It makes a difference growing a pliable rambling rose along a fence or over an arbor, or choosing a sturdier climber variety to grow along a wall or a pillar.
Assuming we use bare root roses, we have to dig the planting hole 1.5-2 feet away from the structure you want them to grow.
One reason for that method is that the soil close to walls, fences and other structures mostly is poor.
Put the plant in the hole in a way that the canes lean toward the support and in return, the roots should spread away from the supporting structure.
The climbing rose should easily find her way to the structure, which she should overgrow.
As you have pruned the rose before planting her, she will be too far away from the support to reach it properly.
When the climber starts to grow, support her with a temporary structure, which the rose can use until she has reached her destination.
Since climbing and rambling roses cannot climb alone, like a vine or other plants using their hooks to climb, you have to train them to the support structure from start.
If you are really interested in climbing roses, check out my page how to train climbing roses for further information.