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Wintering Roses - How to...

Posted by mrscoyle 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 31, 06 at 15:04

How does one prepare roses for winter up here? I have 3 rose shrubs (I think). One was planted early summer and
the last two were planted only a couple weeks ago. All are doing well. I have read that I should stop pruning now to avoid any tender new growth. But I have also read that I should cut the largest down to about only 6-8 inches above the ground. If I keep doing that how will it ever become as big as it should (4ft x 4ft)? How high do I pile the mulch (leaves) and when should I do it? And when in the spring should I remove the leaves?


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RE: Wintering Roses - How to...

Yes you should stop pruning by mid-August, only deadhead if the rose is still blooming. No you shouldn't cut it down before winter. The idea is for the rose to NOT put on any new growth between now and winter, because the new growth is tender and may get killed by the cold. Pruning/cutting back stimulates new growth.

Before you think about winter protection, you need to determine whether you need it or not. Specifically what kind of roses are you growing? Many roses don't need winter protection in zone 5. But if you are growing hybrid teas, you will need to protect.

Leaves are not the best, remember that whatever you put down, you want to keep the rose surrounded by dry and airy stuff. Moist/clumpy stuff like wet leaves can cause disease problems that can do more harm to your rose than the cold. I use pine needles on certain roses that need protection.

Protection doesn't go on until the ground starts to freeze, almost always after Thanksgiving and lately not until 1st/2nd week of Dec.

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