Planting and Caring for Climbing Roses

Colorful climbing roses can add a dramatic effect to your home. They're nice because you can wind them around a trellis, a column, or even let them climb up the side of your home. It's interesting to note, however, that many seasoned gardeners fear climbing roses. This is likely because of the belief that climbing roses can get damaged by cold weather and also because they can take years to reach full maturity. Despite these facts, there is a wide selection that can sustain harsh weather - so caring for climbing roses need not be too daunting.

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The best time to plant any type of climbing rose is early spring. Follow this advice and your roses will have about six or seven months to become established before the cold sets in. Before choosing climbing roses for your home, you should first get acquainted with the three distinct categories: ramblers, trailing roses, and true climbers.

The most intrusive are the ramblers. These exuberant roses can grow up to twenty feet in one season. Although most of the roses from ramblers are quite small, many of the newer varieties produce large roses. Unfortunately, ramblers have a tendency to be susceptible to mildew so trickier to care for.

If you're looking for a variety that is tougher and less prone to mildew and disease, your home might need the touch of trailing roses. These climbers look great planted along walls. It's suggested that you stake them because otherwise, the long canes will grow along the ground instead of upright. Trailing roses typically bloom approximately two to three inches in diameter. Two of the more popular trailing roses are the cultivars and Rosa Wichurana.

If you enjoy roses with large flowers, true climbers may be what you're looking for. These types of roses produce flowers in large clusters. There are two categories of true climbers: bush climbers, and climbing hybrid teas. Bush climbers will continue to bloom throughout the season, while climbing hybrid teas may only last for a few weeks out of the season. The bush climber has more resistance to mildew and disease than the climbing hybrid teas.

Planting your roses is an easy task. The first thing you'll need to do is choose an area to dig a hole. Your hole should be approximately one foot from your trellis or arch. Once you've dug a hole, you'll also need organic matter. Well-rotted manure or compost should be added to the soil. Next, carefully remove the rose from its container. If you come across tangled outer roots, gently untangle them with your fingers. Place your plant in the hole and fill it in with any extra soil. Water it thoroughly once you've planted it.

You should water your climbing roses at least once a week. The soil should be saturated. Once your rose's canes have grown long enough to reach the trellis or arch, tie the canes to the structure. Unlike a vine, which is equipped with tendrils, climbing roses have to be attached to a structure. You can tie them with a soft cloth or string. The idea is to give the canes enough room for growth and expansion. Be sure not to tie them too tightly.

Choose wisely and caring for climbing roses for your home is easy - you can then watch them climb for years to come!