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Trellising Climbing Roses

Climbing roses are a favorite among many gardeners for their durability, long lifespan, and gorgeous blooms. As their name would suggest, these roses love to climb, creating a fantastic vertical display that adds character to the side of a building or in a garden. Planting a climbing rose is a great way to add beauty, volume, and sometimes delicate fragrances to your home and outdoor space, but the noted volume can become an issue if there is nothing to support it. Having a  rose trellis is certainly a necessity if you would like to have some control over the direction that the climbing rose grows and want to prevent the plant from becoming a horizontal mass that won’t compliment your outdoor spaces. There are a number of different ways that you can trellis a climbing rose, but the point remains that trellising is a must for these heavy and long standing plants to maintain the aesthetic you wish to create.

Finding a Rose Trellis

One of the most important factors to keep in mind when setting up a climbing rose trellis is durability. These garden favorites are particularly notable for their long lifespan as many take around 3-5 years just to become fully grown, and they will continue to last for years after reaching full size. While this trait is desirable to the gardener who plants these roses as a cornerstone in an outdoor space, any trellising system should be able to withstand many years holding the climbing rose. Removing the climbing rose from the trellising if you have to replace it is possible, but will certainly be a difficult and time consuming chore. While you will likely have to replace trellising once or twice during the life of a climbing rose plant, doing this task the least amount of times possible should be the goal of trellising. A metal or wrought iron trellis will last the longest, and wooden options can be considered, though they will have to be changed much more frequently during the lifespan of your rose.

Choosing a Climbing Rose for Your Garden

Choosing the climbing rose you wish to plant should also be an integral part of the process. There are many different varieties and all of them offer something a little different than the others, allowing the gardener to find the right type for their taste or gardening circumstances. Consider where you plan to grow your climbing rose, most roses love sunshine, and will need multiple hours of direct sunlight to consistently bloom, some others are able to make do with less direct sun exposure. Finding a rose that will be able to thrive in the conditions you plant it in is a must. You may also choose to plan for the color of bloom that will emerge from the climbing rose, these colors range from white, to pinkish orange, to dark red. Having the right color or maybe just the color that you love can be another important step. Finally, you may want to see if the rose will have a scent. Some roses will have pleasant fragrances, this may lead you to planting them closer to an outdoor seating area or patio or choosing certain roses based on the scents they give off.

Training Your Climbing Roses On a Metal Trellis

Once you have placed your trellis and picked and planted the climbing rose, you can begin growing your climbing roses. The climbing rose plant will take several years to reach its full size, in the meantime you can help the rose bush to intertwine with the trellising you have put up. The gardener can do simple things such as starting to wrap some vines around the latticing on the trellis. The larger branches can be gently tied to the rose trellis using twine, making sure that the plant has some room for movement, but is guided to grow vertically. Enjoy your roses during warmer months and with the proper care they will last for years!


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