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#112435 Aug 17th, 2007 at 04:32 PM
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I planted a rose in a container this year and I'm wondering how I should care for it through the winter. I could bring it inside, but I'm not sure I'd have enough light for it. What suggestions can you give me?


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Since you are in Canada I'm assuming it gets pretty cold in winter, so you could get a bag or 2 of mulch and bury the pot with the mulch at least 6 in. over the crown of the rose. Get a loose mulch so it won't retain too much water. You may still get some stem die back, but that can be trimmed off next spring.


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alankhart #113122 Aug 18th, 2007 at 08:24 AM
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being its mobile...so to speak.you could also move it to a better protected area.
Do you know what rose it is?


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njoynit #113403 Aug 18th, 2007 at 02:48 PM
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Actually I don't, my daughter bought it for me on Mother's day. Here is a picture of it.

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I can move the rose to wherever I need to, just tell me what you think I should do.


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Rosepetal #113414 Aug 18th, 2007 at 03:31 PM
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Gotta bury it Rosepetal. Be careful with the mulch though if you have alot of field mice in your area. They burrow in it and eat the stems. Trust me on that one lol


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i don't know what you are going to do with it, but it sure is pretty!

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I'll get back to you monday.I have a rose book its in shed somewhere packed up.


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njoynit #113966 Aug 19th, 2007 at 11:14 AM
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Could I maybe leave it in a cool dark place with lots mulch on top?

Do I cut the stems back now or in spring?


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Rosepetal, I have lost every rose I have tried to overwinter. It's just too cold here. I'm sure your winters get as cold as mine also. We have days over -45*C. Even a hybrid tea will die in the ground.

I know the rose has sentimental value and you won't want to lose it so it is better to put it in the ground. Just dig a hole in one of your flower beds and plant it up, you can redig and place it in a pot again in the spring if you want.

I never cut back my roses in the fall. I also don't do the mulch thing either, I've had mice nest in the mulch and kill the roses. We get heavy snow early so I just gather it up and cover the roses well. It the cold air that kills them not the snow. My neighbour covers hers the end of November with a rose styrofoam hut.



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ok found my book I wanted and 2 others I didn't know were there.

The expierment was done in Southern Ontario.

dug trench laid pot in trench after ground froze cover w mulch
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Dug trench laid pot wrapped in hardware fabric cover w/ mulch.
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pull in garage,water every 6 weeks.


The one kept in garage ,watered every 6 weeks emerged in spring with no disease barely any die back.
The trench with hardware cloth lost main cane had 30% die back& emerged 6 weeks later than garage kept withstood -34C temps average snowfall(was 2003)
The trench with mulch only.died,the mice made a home and destroyed the plant.

From the various roses in experiment.some of the ones mulched in ground got diseases.only lost 6% that we're garage/shed kept.trenched method,the hardware cloth ones fared better,but alot of those showed disease problems.Was no mention of dome covers.was mention at begining of experiment about some against house with protection of evergreen limbs,but no results at end of experiment& that was Manitobia.


I think the issue with diseases could be it may have been already in the soil or in the mulch or the plant could have been diseased but when put it through the stress of wintering in those condtions the disease worsened or then showed.The expierment was about wintering roses in the various areas of Canada.the results we're worse in zones 3 of upper Canada,but some own root roses actually survived.I originally saved the article cause was very informative on which roses did well& how disease resistant they we're.Maine was included in the test.Those who endured bad northeaster's along the coast.


I'd bring it inside,garage would be great or the shed would too.just water every 6 weeks.You don't want the soil wet with cold,but you don't want to dehydrate your plant either.1 liter of water was used in experiment.

Nice rose.I love the flowers.


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njoynit #114658 Aug 20th, 2007 at 10:19 AM
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Thanks lots njoynit and Tamara, because my flowerbed is out in the open and we get lots of cold freezing wind in our area I'm going to try the garage idea and make sure to remember to water it.

It seems to be a pretty hardy rose so far and it has had so many blooms already, so I'm really hoping I can save it. I do have other roses right beside my house planted in lime rocks and they have survived for a few years now, but I wanted to try this one in a pot. So we'll see what will happen to it.


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