How to secure climbing roses

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How to secure climbing roses
Secure climbing roses to a trellis or frame for support. (Snobuyuki/iStock/Getty Images)

Climbing rose bushes differ from other roses because they grow vertically rather than bushing outwards. The stalk of each upward-growing rose, called a cane, is not very sturdy and often breaks in heavy rain or high winds. For this reason, climbing rose bushes must be grown along a vertical surface, which provides a wind break as well as sturdy support. In addition to maintaining the rose's health, a rose covered trellis provides a beautiful addition to any garden.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Trellis
  • Trellis bracket
  • Screwdriver
  • Gardening tape
  • Masonry anchor

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  1. 1

    Dig a 15 cm (6 inch) deep trench behind the base of the climbing rose bush using a shovel. The trench should be approximately 15 cm (6 inches) away from the bush and long enough to extend 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) past either side of the rose bush.

  2. 2

    Insert the bottom of the trellis into the trench and pack soil down into the trench using your hands to hold the trellis in place.

  3. 3

    Anchor the trellis to the wall or fence using trellis brackets. Trellis brackets hook around the trellis and insert into the fence or wall via a screw and screwdriver. Install the trellis anchors midway up the trellis and approximately 30 cm (1 foot) apart along the length of the trellis.

  4. 4

    Cut a 15 cm (6 inch) piece of gardening tape using scissors.

  5. 5

    Loop the two loose ends of the gardening tape from the back of the trellis so that the loose ends are located near the rose.

  6. 6

    Wrap the two ends around the stem of one of the rose stalks. Tie the ends in a knot to secure the stalk in place. The gardening tape should form a loose loop. It should not be tied tightly against the rose.

  7. 7

    Continue tying 15 cm (6 inch) pieces of gardening tape around each of the rose canes and securing them to the trellis.

Tips and warnings

  • If the climbing rose bush is already against a wall, leave a 5 cm (2 inch) gap between the trellis and the wall to allow for proper air circulation.
  • If the wall behind the trellis is made of brick or masonry, you must insert a masonry wall anchor before attaching the screw for the trellis bracket.

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