Planting Climbing Roses

A different approach to planting climbing roses

Climber on garden shedRampant Climber on a friends garden shed

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?

Choosing The Location And The Plant

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.

Find some detailed information about that topic at my pages for climbing roses and growing climbing roses.

Easy Steps For Planting Climbing Roses

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.

Tip of caution

Never use fertilizers in planting holes! Always refill the hole with the soil you dug out. For poor soil, work in some organic soil amendment.

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.

Gardener's Advice

Do not forget to deep water the plant daily, until the rose has grown appropriately. Water is always useful for deep rooting.

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