Preparing roses for winter in West Michigan
Greetings to everyone!
I am a first year rose grower with no experience at all regarding preparing roses bushes to survive our Michigan winters. I live in Wyoming, MI south of Grand Rapids. I have a number of questions for you:
- What do I need to do with my rose bushes to protect them during the winter and when do I need to do this - by the first frost maybe?
- Do I need to prune the bushes back to a certain point and if so, what "point" do I prune them back to?
- One of my rose bushes is the Royal Sunset, a rose not recommended for growth in any Michigan zone. It has grown well here this summer and I hope to protect it this winter so it can grow next year. What extra considerations should I make for protecting this rose?
- Both bushes (I only have two, one the Royal Sunset, the other a Betty White) are still growing and producing shoots/new blossoms. Should I just let these go or trim them?
I would appreciate whatever help you can offer.
Thanks for your time!