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Discussion id : 62-565
most recent 7 MAR 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 MAR 12 by rosebliss
Is it possible to prepare a rose plant for winterizing to a bare-root state such as companies do who send bare-root plants come spring? I have a Maine garden (marginally zone 5b) with little soil, so burying is a problem. Other problem is I like roses that prefer zones 6+.
Discussion id : 58-267
most recent 31 OCT 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 OCT 11 by My Lady Godolphin
I live in southeastern Vermont USA, zone 5. This summer I planted about 60 roses. Although we have yet to experience a hard frost here, today is the day after a weird Nor'easter that left us with 18 inches of snow. Needless to say, I never got to winterize any of my roses as they were still blooming before the storm hit. This kind of weather event is very unusual.

If the snow doesn't really melt, I am not concerned about my roses as they will be insulated until April. What my worry, and hence, my question, is is will it be detrimental for the roses to have to go through periods of freezing and/or snow, and then semi-melting, if I will not be able to winterize them (due to the ground freezing or snow that doesn't totally melt)? I normally don't winterize until after Thanksgiving as the little snow we normally get before that, it at all, generally melts by the next day.

As I am a beginner to roses, could I also get advice as to what other growers have found to be the best way to winterize? Thanks so much.

My Lady GoDolphin
Reply #1 of 2 posted 31 OCT 11 by HMF Admin
Have you reviewed the various Ezine articles about rose care ?
Reply #2 of 2 posted 31 OCT 11 by Rupert, Kim L.
The EZine articles are a great place to start. Inquiring at your local rose society is also a great source. I'm sorry I can't offer first hand advice. Our winters are never severe enough to stop my roses from blooming. Snow is that white stuff we look at on the mountain tops in the far distance.
Discussion id : 54-342
most recent 22 MAY 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 MAY 11 by My Lady Godolphin

I am new to rose growing. I live in southeastern Vermont, zone 5. I got all of my baby roses through the winter with flying colors. But the spring did them in. Leaf buds that were coming out in early April, withered on their stems and have not reappeared. What do you think I did wrong? I mulched everyone well with manure and cedar mulch on top of that. Should I have removed the manure sooner? Some of the stems seemed to rot because of this manure protection. Or was it the bit of snow we got on Easter (2/26/11) that hurt them (even though they were still covered in their mulch protection then)? I am so disappointed, but if I can find out what I did wrong, I will be comforted. Especially since I will be planting a huge amount of roses this spring and don't want to lose them all to the same mistake (if I could have prevented it). Thanks from me and my roses for ANY guidance.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 20 MAY 11 by Jay-Jay
Hello My Lady Godolphin,
Sorry to hear about Your Roses! Snow doesn't affect the most roses at all; I even use it as an insulating blanket/cover for my roses. Most frost damage comes from frost AND sun with no snow to protect the roses from drying out.
Was the manure rotted well enough? Might it be that there were larvae that did eat the buds?
Most roses have sleeping/dorment buds (under the ground) that will sprout, when You prune the roses back to the healthy looking wood.
I think You got the date for Easter wrong. Maybe it would be better to uncover the roses in march, but I don't know Your climate.
Good luck, Jay-Jay.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 22 MAY 11 by My Lady Godolphin
Thank you so much, Jay-Jay, for responding so swiftly to my plea for help! Being new to roses, and living on the side of a mountain, my fears are that growing roses here cannot be done, that I am asking for too much. But then I read about folks in colder zones than mine who do it and my hope returns. I have this vision for my property (which is my first home ever and which I have only owned for 18 monthes) that includes many, many roses. They have become my new passion!

I have thought a lot about your comments. (And yes, I did get the date of Easter wrong. It should be 4/24/11). I bought the manure bagged so I assume it was well-rotted. Could frost kill budding leaves? What does frost damage actually damage? What does frost damage mean? The frost that occurred before the winter set in did not seem to damage any of them.

Actually, the damaged and destroyed leaf buds did not look like they had been eaten at all but rather like they had just dried out. I wonder if that is what I did wrong? If one has a dry spell after the several feet of snow melts, and the ground is not like mud anymore, could that be responsible? And maybe they were too hot under all of the mulch?

My climate has a few really cold days (-10 F to -20 F) in mid-winter. Spring comes mid-April usually. But again, all of these roses made it through the winter. It was something after that that killed them.

Your gardens sound delicious!

Best regards,
My Lady Godolphin
Discussion id : 32-350
most recent 13 DEC 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 13 DEC 08 by marrukurli
My roses are spending their first winter here, where it's much colder than they're used to. I bundled them up with mulch, but am worried it might not be enough. It's already snowed so much the roses have disappeared. We are expecting single-digit and below zero weather here soon. Is there anything I can do to protect them even further? Will I have to wait until spring or the threat of frost is gone before knowing if they made it through the winter?
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