How to Tame Climbing Roses

Climbing, or rambling roses are one of the popular types of roses that have many varieties to them and can be grown in many different places. However, like many other plants, they need help to stay healthy and maintained through the different seasons.

Both climbing and rambling roses will produce two different kinds of shoots. One is the main cane, which is the center of the structure. The other is the flowering shoots, which grow out from the canes. Depending on where you have decided to plant the flowers, will determine how much they are able to bloom.

Rambling roses are a little bit different than climbing roses. They will only bloom once in the spring, and stay with several different blooms for four to six weeks. They will also usually grow to be very tall and have flexible canes that can usually be moved towards your proper placing.

Climbing roses will have blooms that occur during several different times throughout the year. The canes are often heavier and have to be tied in order to stay in place. They will usually grow to be about ten to twelve feet in height, which is lower than rambling roses.


To begin growing either rambling or climbing roses, it is best to dig a hole that is two feet deep. This should then be fertilized with manure at the bottom of the hole. Once you have the rose planted, you can then fill the hole with mulch, peat moss or half potting soil mix, in order to ensure that it will hold more water and have more nutrients available for its growth. You should then try to fertilize these plants twice a year, making sure that it is not around the time that there is a new frost.

Once your rambling or climbing roses start growing, it is best to make sure that you help them find the way that you want them to go. With rambling roses, this is simply going and moving the canes in the direction that is best for them to grow. With climbing roses, you will need to tie them to the area in which they are growing by.

With both of these types of roses, doing this will help them to move where it will look the best. It is always easier to tie the roses by having a support in place before you plant them. When they begin growing, it will be easier to tie them and train them to move in the direction that you want them to.


Another thing that should be done with climbing and rambling roses is regular pruning. For the first two or three years, the only thing that should be maintained is taking out dead wood and broken branches. This will prevent disease and allow the roses more room to breathe and receive sunlight. After these two or three years, the best thing to do is to take out dead, damaged, and overcrowded canes that are at the base.

After you take these out, they can be replaced with new canes to help ensure better growth. Another pruning technique to use at this time is to take the side shoots and prune two to three buds above the canes. This should be done during the winter season.


Another thing to consider when you have climbing roses is what you can do to help them to prepare for winter. Because they have height with their blooms, leaves and stems, these need to be protected from strong winds that may dry them out. You can wrap the canes of the climbing roses into bundles, using straw or insulation to hold them together and keep them warm.

You can also decide to remove the canes of the climbing roses from their home and lay them on the ground. You can then tie them together and make sure that they stay securely in their place on the ground for the winter. It is best to pour a layer of mulch over the roses to protect them.

Rambling and climbing roses can add to your garden with their blooms, height, and by the structure that you can give them. By training them to structure in certain ways, as well as maintaining them through winter and by pruning the roses, rambling and climbing roses can be successful in your garden.