The Q&A Archives: ICan I keep a Double Delight rose bush in a pot until spring?

Question: I bought a Double Delight Rose Bush in November. We have already had our first frost and I don't Know if I should take the risk to plant it in the ground now, or wait until spring? What should I do? Can it survive in a pot in the house for the winter? Please Help! I would love to have these beautiful flower bloom in the spring.

Answer: It is usually better to plant than try to hold a shrub in a container over the winter under home conditions. Container grown plants can be planted any time the ground is not frozen, so you should be able to plant it still. Be sure to water it thoroughly at planting and then mulch generously over the root area. Apply an organic mulch about four inches thick over the roots. Next spring and summer, take care to water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge as you would for any new plant. Alternatively, rather than in the house it would be better to keep it in a cool place (above freezing but below 45 degrees) with the soil just slightly damp and plant it in very early spring. Enjoy your rose!

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