[From Roses in the Mile High Country, by Everett O. Nord, p. 52 in the American Rose Annual 1951:] To heel [roses] in properly, dig a ditch as wide as the plant is long and about 14 to 16 inches deep. Lay the rose bushes horizontally in this ditch with the tops elevated slightly. Do not pile too many bushes on top of each other. Water thoroughly, then cover the entire bush with soil, making certain you do not haveany air pockets. Cover the lower or root section with leaves or straw and throw some limbs on the pile to protect from the wind. It if is a real dry winter, water occasionally as the bushes should be kept fairly moist.