The Q&A Archives: Roses Didn't Survive the Winter

Question: It's late spring, and four out of five roses that I planted last summer don't have leaves on them yet. Does this mean they are dead? The fifth rose now has a brand new cane coming out of the ground near the base of the original plant. Should I let this one grow?

Answer: It sounds as though your roses succumbed during the winter. This could be because they weren't adequately protected with mulch material, or they received too much or too little water. If there's no new growth, the bushes are dead and should be replaced. The rose that has produced new growth should be removed and replaced, as well. The growth is coming from the vigorous rootstock and will not produce the color of rose you purchased.

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