The Q&A Archives: Covering Climbing Rose Canes in the Fall (Zone 6)

Question: For climbing rose bushes is it necessary to lay the canes on the ground and cover them in the fall? Jim Barnett Huntingburg, IN

Answer: In areas with severe winters, it's a good idea to lay the rose canes on the ground and cover them with soil. If winter temperatures don't go below about 10 degrees below zero, you may be able to get away with simply mounding soil over the base of theplants. My map places you in zone 6a, with an average minimum temperature of -5 to -10, so to be on the safe side, you may want to bury the entire canes.

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