Lady Banks Rose Growing: How To Plant A Lady Banks Rose

What Is A Lady Bank?

A lady bank is a type of small shrub or tree with white flowers that grows in North America from Canada to Mexico. They are native to the western United States and southern California. There are over 500 species of lady banks, but only four have ever been cultivated commercially (and successfully) in the U.S. These are the California Lady Banks, the Red Lady Banks, the Black Lady Banks and the Yellow Lady Banks. All other varieties of lady banks are either invasive or extinct.

Why Do People Want To Grow A Lady Bank?

There are many reasons why people want to grow a lady bank: they like the look of them; they enjoy gardening; they just love plants! Many people prefer the look of lady banks because they resemble roses. Some people even think that lady banks are similar to daffodils.

How Can You Prune A Lady Banks Rose?

The most common way to prune a lady bank is by cutting it back every spring and summer so that its branches don’t reach into your garden. If you wish, you may also cut off some of the lower leaves at certain times when they begin to wilt and die back.

How Do You Plant A Lady Banks?

Lady banks can be planted in the fall or in the spring. It is best to plant them outside; however, they may be grown in large containers if space is limited. Before you plant your lady banks, make sure that the soil is loose and mix in some rich compost or manure. Space your plants three feet apart in a row and 15 to 20 feet between rows.

How Do You Care For A Lady Bank Rose?


Lady banks should be watered every ten to fourteen days. They prefer dry soil, so do not over water them. Thoroughly soak the area but don’t let it become muddy.


Apply a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.


You may need to prune your plants in the spring and summer. Cut back long and leggy branches to encourage bushy growth. Also, cut away any weak or damaged wood.

Insects And Disease

Lady banks are prone to few diseases and insects. However, they do attract aphids and mealy bugs, and can suffer from black knot and powdery mildew. To treat these problems, use insecticide or fungicide as required.

How Can You Get Lady Banks To Blossom?

In order for a lady bank to bloom, it must be at least two years old. They will usually bloom in the spring or summer.

How Can You Get Lady Banks Roses To Grow?

A lady banks rose will grow best in a full sun location that is free of strong winds. The more sunlight the plant gets, the better it will grow. It will also require well drained soil that is rich in humus and nutrients.

Common Questions About Lady Banks Roses


Why have the tips of my lady banks turned brown?

A. The tips of your lady banks may turn brown for a number of reasons: too much water; poor soil aeration; bad drainage; pests and disease; winter burn; or sunburn.

If you believe that the problem is due to one of the latter three, then you should make some adjustments to your care routine. You should also check to see if the tips are still firmly attached to the cane. If they are, then you should cut the whole cane back to where the tip has begun to detach itself from the rest of the cane.

If there is no sign of disease or pests, and your soil is not compacted or poorly drained, then it probably is because of sunburn. This condition is not unusual with plants that have been moved from a shadier spot into a sunny one. The tips of the plant will turn brown and dry. The main way to rectify this problem is to cut the whole plant back to within an inch or two of soil level and apply a thick layer of mulch over the root area.

This should help prevent the newly exposed wood from sunburning in the future.


I see flowers on my lady banks, but no roses?

A. It can take a couple of years for your lady banks to grow large enough to bloom. Keep an eye on the plant and you should see pink “rose buds” begin to grow on the stems from near where the leaves join the stem upwards towards the middle of the stem. They will first appear slightly bumpy, but will then become smoother. These are your potential roses.

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Once they reach their full size, they will begin to open in sequence starting from the bottom and working upwards. This may take several weeks. Once one is fully open, it cannot be closed so don’t panic if a sudden cold snap hits while some are still partly open. It is called “Natural Decorative Blooms” for a reason!



My lady banks has lots of little yellow flowers on it?

A. You probably have an Asian hybiscus rather than a lady banks rose. There is quite a bit of similarity between the two plants when they are young, but the Asian hybiscus will always have little yellow flowers and no roses. It’s natural habitat is in or near water like a swamp, so you may want to rethink your watering habits. Well that, or find a different place for it!


The tips of my lady banks are turning brown and dying back?

A. This could be due to several factors, including: Winter burn; frost damage; dry soil; pests; or disease.

Winter burn will affect plants that have curled or dried out rose foliage that has not been hardened off properly. These brown tips will usually be found on the newest growth. If you gently tug on these tips, and they come away from the stem quite easily, then your plants have suffered winter burn. You can cut these tips off level with the stem and apply a thick layer of mulch over the root zone to prevent any further damage.

Frost damage and dry soil will display itself in a similar fashion. The tips of the plant will turn brown and dry looking. This is usually the entire tip that is effected, rather than just the newest growth.

Pests, in this case, could be several things, but the two most common are either aphids or thrips. Both of these tiny pests like to feast on the tender foliage of your plant, which can cause all the tips to turn brown and die back if not treated. Check your plant for either black spots (aphids) or tiny black dots (thrips). You can treat your plants with a special brew purchased from a garden centre, or you can try washing the pests off with water, then using a cotton bud (or something similar) dipped in alcohol to smother any you can’t wash off.

This should kill all but the most determined of the little blighters, and they will most likely swim away rather than risk getting drunk themselves.

Disease is probably the least common of the potential problems mentioned here. However, the most likely types to affect your garden roses are grey mold or powdery mildew. These can be treated in the same way as the pests.

You may also have a cercospora leaf spot problem, which will cause patches of yellow on your leaves that’ll gradually turn brown and die. This is a fungal problem that is best treated with a suitable fungicide.

Most of these problems can be prevented by ensuring your plants have adequate air circulation, are not overly crowded, and are not in constant contact with the ground or other decaying matter. They should also be moved inside during the colder months and allowed to dry out thoroughly before being put away.


My roses have had a really bad infestation of little black insects?

A. Sounds like aphids. These little black insects suck the sap out of your plants and also spread a number of fungal diseases. They are also known as plant lice, and are very common pests in gardens everywhere. You can recognize them by their alternately banded dark and light green coloration and little legs. They produce a sweet substance called honeydew which can be harvested by humans and is commonly done in parts of china, but I digress.

You can treat your infested plants with a special brew purchased from a garden centre, or you can try washing the pests off with water, then using a cotton bud (or something similar) dipped in alcohol to smother any you can’t wash off. This should kill all but the most determined of the little blighters.

Thrips look like tiny (1mm) black insects with frayed looking wings. They are so small they can barely fly, instead preferring to scuttle about amongst the leaves. They are serious pests and can cause entire branches of your plant to die if left unchecked.

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Thrips are very hard to kill, and most sprays sold in garden centres don’t work. You need to either pick off the affected leaves (which may be all of them) and burn them, or treat the thrips with an appropriate insecticide.

Also make sure your plants are not over-watered as this encourages pests.


My roses have these brown patches on them?

A. Sounds like botrytis aka grey mold. This is a fungal disease that is more likely to affect damper roses, although it can affect any rose if the conditions are right (not enough ventilation, low sun etc). It will start off as a small brown patch on your plant, but will quickly spread to cover the entire branch and then kill it.

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