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How to Stake a Rose Bush

Updated February 16, 2018

With their enchanting aroma, silky petals and exquisite shades from vibrant to tender, roses represent love and romance. Garden roses provide the pleasure without the cost of commercial blooms and increase the beauty of your landscape. When it comes to rose care, staking is important. The bigger the roses and the more lush the flowering, the more urgent your rose's need for staking. Slim-stemmed rosebushes with heavy flower loads are ready casualties of windstorms. Even light rose bushes require staking during the first year.

Plant a stake for your rose at the same time you plant the rosebush. Clear the planting area, removing rocks and weeds. Dig an appropriate hole for your rose bush. Wait to put the rose in the hole until after the stake is in place,

Select a stake about two feet taller than the projected mature height of your rosebush. Determine the direction of the prevailing wind in the area. Place the stake on the side of the hole from which the prevailing wind arrives. Pound the stake into the soil at least 2 feet.

Attach the stem of the rose to the stake with soft plastic tape. Wrap the tape in a figure-eight pattern to separate the stem from the stake and prevent rubbing. Wrap snugly but not so tight that the tape squeezes into the stem. Tie the stem to the stake in several places to provide support.

Things You'll Need

  • Stakes
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Soft gardening tape
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About the Author

World traveler, professional writer and consummate gardener, Spengler earned a BA from U.C. Santa Cruz, a law degree from Berkeley's Boalt Hall, and an MA and MFA from San Francisco State. She currently divides her life between San Francisco and southwestern France.