Asked on Sep 30, 2017

Rose trees-New to gardening...

Hillela G.LokieDesertRose


Live in zone 5 so it can get very cold. But not always as some think!!! I heard that those Rose "trees" need to be mulched and protected. I was thinking of using those foam tubes that you insulate pipes with for the 5 ft main stem and covering bush with burlap and twine. Any input from others? Do I feed before putting to bed for winter? And when do I uncover and fertilize? New to gardening I and paid a hefty price so want to winter them properly. Thx!!!

5 answers
  • Bijous
    on Sep 30, 2017

    If these are native roses that may work as freezes really won't hurt natives. If not, this may not be enough. First, no trimming. New growth will be a problem. I'd build a mini green house around them with hay bales and use plastic on the top when the weather calls for a hard freeze. In my book, "The Rockwells Complete Book of Roses" copyright 1958, some people would even dig up their roses, lay down sideways and cover with dirt. Good luck.
  • Jaoulaoe
    on Sep 30, 2017

    Just mulch the base well with some cedar mulch. The "tree" portion will always die back in winter. YOu can prune in late winter before it leaves in sprng. Check with your county extension office and they will have some fact sheets on exactly what to do for roses in your area. They are a wealth of information.
  • DesertRose
    on Sep 30, 2017

    We live in zone 4 and it gets very cold. I do mulch the ground around them, but other than that they do fine here. Hope this helps.
  • Lokie
    on Oct 1, 2017

    I am also in zone 5. My roses had never done well until a friend visited and help with my flower beds one fall. He cut back my roses to about 12 inches from the ground and covered them all in big piles of straw. I uncovered them when I started seeing the signs of buds in the spring. That was the first time my roses grew to over 5ft tall. I now do this every fall and have wonderful roses all summer.
  • Hillela G.
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Mulch will help!
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