Climbing roses - what to look out for when choosing a climbing aid

Climbing roses - what to look out for when choosing a climbing aid

Why do climbing roses need climbing supports?

Neither the climbing roses nor the rambler roses “climb” without any support. However, it doesn't always have to be the trellis made of wood or the rose arch, because an old apple tree, a fence or a hedge also serve this purpose. You should only consider that such natural climbing aids often do not survive the climbing in the long run. Trees and other shrubs are simply suffocated by the climbing rose and die after a while.

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Suitable climbing aids and materials

There are many ways of climbing trees: In addition to trees, bushes, fences and walls, you can also pull climbing roses up on rose arches and arbors, pergolas, obelisks, pyramids, columns, trellises or free-standing trellises. Incidentally, greening a house wall with climbing roses has the advantage that they do not damage the building fabric - unlike other climbing plants. However, not all house walls are suitable for planting climbing roses, because these flowers are very delicate. Wire meshes and ropes, wood and metal are available for suitable materials.

Plant and tie climbing roses correctly

Correct attachment of the shoots to the climbing aid is essential for healthy growth and abundant flowering. For this you should observe the following rules:

  • Do not tie shoots straight up.
  • Instead, guide it horizontally and slightly diagonally upwards.
  • Do not pull shoots through the lattice framework,
  • but only connect from the outside.
  • Suitable materials are, for example, bast or a similar, soft material.


If climbing roses are pulled up on house walls, there should be a distance of about ten centimeters between the wall and the trellis. This applies to better air circulation.