Gardening Vivian | 23 Sep 2010 11:00 am

Choosing and Growing Climbing Roses

There is very little that is more beautiful or that looks more magical when incorporated into your landscape than a climbing rose. It is impossible to look at a rose encrusted vine creeping up the side of a trellis and not have romantic thoughts. Although climbing roses are most often found weaving up and around a trellis, it is possible to train one to climb the side of a building, to wind around a decorative column, or accent a boundary. Some clever gardeners have even used climbing walls to turn fences into living works of art.

One of the concerns that many rose lovers have when they are looking at incorporating climbing roses into their garden is that some climbing roses are not capable of withstanding the elements, however over the years botanists have been able to create several species of climbing roses that are capable of living through the unpredictable weather that many states experience. When you are selecting a climbing rose, make sure you are confident that one you select has been bred to survive your winters.

There are three basic types of climbing roses that you can choose from.

Rambling Roses

Rambling climbing roses are perhaps the most impressive in terms of growth. Some surprised growers have reported that their rambling roses have grown twenty feet in a single season. Several varieties of rambling roses have extremely large blooms. The downside to rambling roses is that they seem to be extremely susceptible to mildew.

True Climbers

True climbers are the perfect choice for any rose lover who is looking for a climbing rose that has extremely large blossoms. These roses have clusters of blossoms making the already large blooms look even larger. When you are looking at true climbers you should know that there are actually two types of true climbing roses; climbing hybrid tea roses and bush climbers. The climbing hybrid tea roses usually do not bloom as long as bush climbers and they are more susceptible to disease.


Trailing roses are an excellent choice in climbing roses because they are extremely resistant to the diseases that often compromise other varieties of climbing roses. The downside to growing trailing roses is that they need to be staked or they will not have enough support to grow properly.

When to Plant Climbing Roses

Climbing roses do best when they are planted in the early spring. Since the start of spring can vary from state to state, you should check when the best time to start planting. Make sure that there is no chance that you are going to experience a frost after you have planted your roses. Your climbing rose will be more likely to survive winter if it has had a minimum of six months to establish a solid root base.

Caring for Climbing Roses

After you have planted your climbing rose you need to make sure that you are vigilant about watering it a least once a week, make sure that you do not over water it as mildew is one of the leading causes of rose death. When your rose has grown enough so that it reaches whatever you want it climb, make sure you fasten it to the object, this will train it to properly climb.

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