The Q&A Archives: When to Prune Gypsy Rose & Overwintering

Question: I live in Zone 5 NW Ohio. I was given a Gypsy Rose for Mothers Day in a 4

Answer: Sounds as though your new rose is quite happy. I'd leave it in the pot, and leave the pot in the ground (this will help insulate the roots from too much cold). Don't prune your rose unless the canes are really long and might whip around in the wind. I just tie my canes together after the first frost, then set a cylinder of chicken wire over the entire plant and pile dried leaves, straw or even just plain old soil over the crown of my rose bushes. This protects the graft and about 12" of cane. In the spring, remove the cylinder, spread the leaves, straw or soil out away from the plant, then prune the canes to a height of 12-18 inches. Best wishes with your garden!

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