Training a climbing rose is an important part of creating a cascading, heavily blooming rose specimen. Follow these instructions to be certain your climbing rose looks its best.
Time Required: 1 Hour
- Attach trellis at least 3 inches away from the wall that the climbing rose will be attached to.
- Tie the stems of the climbing rose to the trellis with soft cloth strips as it grows throughout the year. Do not prune until the rose covers the entire trellis.
- Gently bend some of the new canes so they grow outward to cover more of the trellis.
- Snip off branches that are growing too thickly. Every three years, cut out some of the older canes and allow new, younger canes to replace them.
- Always remove the weak canes so that the plant can focus strength into a few strong main canes.
- Always cut spent flowers to encourage more to form.
- Cut climbing roses in early spring,while still dormant.
What You Need
- Sturdy trellis
- Soft strips of cloth
- Sharp, clean pruning shears
- Thorn proof gloves
- Climbing rose that grows in your garden zone