The Best Way to Support a Climbing Rose Against a 6-Foot Wooden Fence

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The Best Way to Support a Climbing Rose Against a 6-Foot Wooden Fence
The canes of climbing roses can be bent to tie into a picket fence. (Russell Illig/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Climbing roses aren't natural climbers. They're simply roses that send out very long canes with a tendency to grow vertically. Remember when planting by a fence that roses need six hours of sunlight per day. Once established, vigorous climbers can quickly cover the fence, offering years of enjoyment.

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O-hooks

As the rose grows, the gardener will need to screw half-inch O-hooks onto the fence. Wrap a 6-inch piece of gardener's wire loosely around the rose cane and then attach the loose ends to the O-hook on the fence board. This will keep the rose in place.

Training

Climbing roses taller than the fence's height can be trained in a semi-horizontal manner. The canes are flexible and can be bent sideways. This practice encourages more shoots to grow from the bent cane, and as a result, bushier growth with more flowers.

Rambling Roses

If the fence is made up of open pickets, a rambling rose may be more suitable. It's easy to simply pull the canes through the pickets, and the fence will keep the canes in place.

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