How do I keep these seedlings alive????

birdtalker(z7WA)July 17, 2008

I am not a mini rose grower, every one I have planted has died except for this one which was my first. No name or type known. I planted it a barrel many years ago and it has done just fine except for aphids. I planted a mint in the barrel with it and haven't seen an aphid since. Last fall I pruned it back and threw the trimmings in the compost. This spring my husband found two small rose plants in the compost and potted them up for me. They have been growing in a 2 in pot since on my deck. Question is, should I bring them inside for the winter or leave them on the deck. I would pot them in a larger pot before that I think, but I do not want to lose these little plants. How should I treat them over the winter?? I really, really, really want to keep these plants alive.

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rosesnpots(z8 Tidewater area VA)

birdtalker

I keep my container roses outside all year around but I am not in your zone so I will not give advise but you may want to repost your questions in the regular rose forum as there are many people that live in your state and zone that can give you the proper advise.

Good Luck

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 11:23AM
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lilgreenfrog

Birdtalker;

Don't bring them inside. They'll be much easier to care for over the winter if you let them go dormant. Bringing them inside where its warm is an invitation for spider mites to suck them dry.
I don't know how cold zone 7 gets; they may be just fine in large pots on your deck, but if you want to be safe you should consider moving them to an unheated garage in their pot. You could also dig a big hole, and bury the pot in the ground over the winter.
Either way, just make sure they get a little water, and they should be fine!

Good luck!

Lara

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 5:07PM
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