Location, location, location
Start off healthy
Prepare the Soil, and Dig In
Get Ready for the Climb
The Basics: Feeding and Watering
Ah, climbing rose bushes. You love the color. You love the fragrance. You love how big and magnificent they are. You just don't love the idea of putting in a lot of work to plant one. The fact is, rose bushes are easier to plant and care for than you think. All it takes is a little planning and patience. Here are a few easy steps to follow.
Your rose bush needs sunlight and lots of it. While some rose bushes can tolerate a little shade, you're in good shape if you can find a spot that provides four to six hours of sunlight per day. Your rose bush is going to need a lot of personal space. It can grow up to 12 feet high and just as wide, so give it room.
When you visit your garden center, choose the healthiest specimen you can find. You'll want one that will produce flowers in the color you desire for your garden.
The ideal soil for a rose bush is rich and fertile, with good drainage. If your soil doesn't fit that profile, you can amend it with products such as Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Roses. When your soil is ready, dig a hole that is twice as wide as bush's root ball and about two feet deep. Be sure that the center of the hole is 18 to 30 inches out from the nearest trellis, fence, or post. Plant your bush, cover the base with more garden soil, and give it plenty of water, You can finish the project with a layer of mulch, which looks great and helps the bush retain moisture.
You can train your rose bush to climb in many different ways. It can frame a doorway, climb a pillar, or engulf a trellis. If you want it to grow around a trellis, you have to weave the bush¿s shoots into the structure, since the plant can¿t do it alone. Try using plant ties. If you like lots of blooms and a bushier look, go for horizontal growth by bending the shoots sideways.
Rose bushes give you glorious blooms and lush growth if you water and feed them regularly with a product such as Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Rose Plant Food.
Your rose bush's job for the first two years is to grow, grow, grow. Pruning during this time can inhibit blooms. After that initial period, prune every three or four years.