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Growth Habit: Ramblers

These climbing plants -- "ramblers" -- have particularly stiff shoots and/or thorns and use them to hook themselves into a provided trellis, rods, or wire-ropes in order to climb. Through a planned arrangement, by tying the shoots and branches in the right way and pruning the plant, ramblers can also be trained into more orderly shapes, yet in a way that the transition to this more artificial growth form is fluent.


Climbing roses, firethorn, winter jasmine, as wells as blackberries and shrub clematis, are all ramblers.

Suitable Wire Rope Trellises

A climbing aid for a rambler must be able to withstand the lateral pressure and the tension of the growing shoots and branches, and must be well fastened to the façade. We recommend at least a medium, or for bigger roses, even heavy / massive versions of our wire trellises. Sometimes easy and even light trellis systems might be enough. Grid-shaped arrangements are ideal, i.e., rope systems with several vertical and horizontal ropes onto which the plant shoots are tied. 

"Sometimes Suitable" Wire Rope Trellises

For ramblers, wire rope trellises with only one vertical rope are sometimes sufficient, but two or even more parallel lines are usually better, so that the shoots can be tied to the wires diagonally or in a 'wave' (roses). The height of the trellis also matters as it should harmonise with the expected growth height of the respective plant: obviously a trellis that is too tall or too short would not be optimal.

Unsuitable Wire Rope Trellises

Close-mesh support systems are not suitable for plants with this growth habit. Despite their higher price, they do not offer any additional benefit to the plant. Also, avoid rope arrangements which are significantly higher than the expected growth height of the ramblers, as well as those with only vertical ropes (or where vertical ropes dominate).

Winter jasmine behind a steel wire rope
Winter jasmine: a rambler
Climbing rose
Roses are also ramblers