How to Care for a Lady Banks Rose

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Things You'll Need

  • Organic compost

  • Water

  • Fertilizer

  • Pruning shears

Lady banks blooms are either yellow or white.

The lady banks rose, a vine originating from China, can grow up to 50 feet long unchecked. It is hardy as an evergreen vine in USDA zones 9 to 11, where the temperature does not drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it can grow as a deciduous vine down to USDA zone 6. The lady banks rose is thornless and does not attach to buildings, but will climb on a trellis, serve as a ground cover on slopes and cascade over edges. It requires little care, but to look its best requires some attention from the gardener.

Step 1

Plant the lady banks rose in an area with full sun and well-drained soil. The rose will also survive in partial shade and will grow until it finds sun elsewhere. Mix some organic compost into the soil before planting.

Step 2

Water the rose regularly after planting, keeping it moist until it begins to grow vigorously on its own. Decrease watering after this point, allowing it dry out in between waterings.

Step 3

Fertilize the rose only after it starts growing. The lady banks rose requires the same fertilization method as other roses. Apply a complete fertilizer around the base of the plant after the danger of frost has passed and then every six weeks after that. Stop fertilizing in the fall as the growing season ends. Packaging directions may help, depending on the type of fertilizer you place around the roses.

Step 4

Prune the lady banks rose after flowering ends. Flowers bloom on old wood, so pruning right after blooming will promote more blooms in the next season. Clip right above a leaf node, where the leaf joins with the stem. Pruning will keep the vine in check if necessary.


The lady banks rose is virtually pest- and disease-free once established. You do not have to focus your energy toward pest prevention.

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Sarah Morse

Sarah Morse has been a writer since 2009, covering environmental topics, gardening and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a master's degree in English and a master's degree in information science.