The Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ (Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose) Full Care Guide


The Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose, otherwise known as the Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ or Rose ‘Joseph’s Coat’, Climbing Rose ‘Joseph’s Coat’, Large-Flowered Climber, is a rather well known climber plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its average maintenance and moderate growth, this climber will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose Care Guide. So let’s dive in.

The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose are the following:

  • Water: The Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
  • Light: Keep your Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Joseph's Coat Climbing Rose plant

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose belongs to the Rosaceae family, and the genus Rosa, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ (ROH-zuh).

As with other Rosa’s, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

Growing Region

You might be wondering why your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 5 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, what size of Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…

The Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ can grow up to 8′ – 12′ (240cm – 3.6m) in 8′ – 12′ (240cm – 3.6m) and 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm) in 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm). 

Water

In terms of watering, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Joseph's Coat Climbing Rose care

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

This is why most experts agree that the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose requires soil with clay, loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this climber will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being a deciduous plant, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.

Flowers

You can expect your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose to flower around the summer months from July to September (summer).

In particular, this climber is well known for its fragrant, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose produces some beautiful orange, or pink and white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a compound (pinnately, bipinnately, palmately) arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.

The Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose is well known for being able to attract butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Joseph's Coat Climbing Rose up close

Garden

Does your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’ owners agree that this climber will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in traditional garden styles. 

In particular, the Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose’s best location within your garden is in trellises, arbors, wall-side borders, pergolas, beds and borders, and in walls and fences, others use it for landscaping in a specimen, privacy screen, coastal exposure, barrier, cutting garden, espalier, or a urban garden.

Companion Plants

Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Clematis, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Buxus will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!

Conclusion

Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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