How to Stake Climbing Roses

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How to Stake Climbing Roses
Climbing roses need sturdy support systems. (Roses in the sky image by JMS from

Climbing roses, also called vining roses, grow upward in tall vines, rather than in a bushy form like other rose plant varieties. Because of their vertical growth, they require support so that the canes don't lean over or break. When the climbing roses are young, they should be tied to stakes to provide proper support. After these first few years, the rose will get enough support from a nearby wall, trellis or any other vertical structure.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Wooden stakes
  • Rubber mallet
  • Gardening tape
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure from the base of the climbing rose plant to the top of the tallest cane. Purchase wooden plant stakes that are 2 to 4 feet taller than the climbing rose. This length will accommodate the length of the stake that will be underground as well as above.

  2. 2

    Place the bottom of one wooden stake on the ground at least 1 1/2 feet away from the base of the climbing rose bush.

  3. 3

    Hit the top of the wooden stake with a rubber mallet until the stake is at least 2 feet in the ground and feels sturdy when you shake it with your hand.

  4. 4

    Cut strips of gardening tape that are a least 36 inches long.

  5. 5

    Wrap one piece of tape around the rose cane near the top of the wooden stake. Pull both ends of the tape behind the rose and cross them in an "x." Wrap the free ends of the tape around the back of the wooden stake and tie them in a knot. This is called a "figure 8" tie and prevents the tape from rubbing against the rose and damaging it.

  6. 6

    Use the same tying method to place another piece of gardening tape approximately 1/2 way down the climbing rose.

Tips and warnings

  • Once the climbing rose bushes grow above the wooden stakes, install a permanent trellis or other structure and remove the stakes from behind the roses.

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