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Grow climbing roses on a garden arbor in a viewing area. The roses vine will add curb appeal of your home.
Where to plant roses
Climbing roses put out trailing stems that can grow upward or they can grow across and be used as a ground cover. Trailing rose stems with a profusion of flowers looks lovely when grown down a sunny slope.
Plant the rose bush so that the bud union is half buried in the soil. If you are planting more than one climbing rose bush then allow a three food space between rose bushes. Plant the climbing roses in front of a support.
- Water well after planting the rose bushes and then monitor the soil so that the soil stays evenly moist during the growing season. If the soil should dry out then this will cause the roses to wilt and to have stress. Plan to water the climbing roses deeply once a week; 1 inch of water is better than watering them lightly throughout the week. The inch of water will get to the roots and will keep the rose bushes hydrated.
- If your summers are very hot then you will need to water the rose bushes more frequently. Test the soil with your finger. Stick your index finger into the upper soil and if the soil is dry at two to three inches then water the rose bushes.
- Apply three inches organic mulch; shredded leaves, pine needles, grass clippings or chipped wood around the rose bush but do not set the mulch on the stems of the rose bush. The mulch is to help retain moisture and to deter weed growth.
- Fertilize when the leaf buds appear. A time released fertilizer is preferred for growing climbing roses.
- Prune climbing roses in the spring to remove dead or damaged branches. Otherwise let your rose bush mature and become established in your garden. A climbing rose bush is considered mature in two years.
Learn more about pruning a climbing rose bush by viewing this YouTube video: