Standard Roses differ from rose plants or rose shrubs in that they are actually cultivated to resemble a tree and end up looking like a lollipop. Staking is necessary to take the weight of the rose on top of the cane. The ‘tree’ is created by making two grafts: one at the top of the central cane to support the hybrid tee, grandiflora or floribunda and one at the bottom, at the rootstock. A standard rose consists of a long, slender cane about 1 meter in length without any foliage. At the top of this cane is a neatly formed ball shape that results from care and pruning.
Scalding by the sun
The cane part of the standard rose is especially susceptible to scalding by the sun.
Protection from the Cold
The only way to accomplish this is either by relocating the rose tree during the winter, or by making a container made from wire mesh to surround the cane that can be filled with mulch.
Besides the seasonal care, growers have to regularly prune standard roses to achieve the right look. The central cane should never be pruned only the flowering top part.
Even though Rose Standards require more attention, the attention they’ll get when they’re established and in full bloom is well worth the effort. They’ll add height to your garden and bursts of vibrant color throughout your landscape.