rose bush - Knowledgebase Question

Mukwonago, Wi
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Question by CABratberg
July 2, 2010
Have a climbing rose bush, started from a cutting. it is growing well. Want to know what to do before winter. how to cover it and what to do with the large climbing stems. we live in zone 4. it is over a 100 years old and brought back from Penna. don't want it to freeze. what do you do with the long stems to winter them? 7 are you supposed to trim back the stems. I thought the roses bloomed on the

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010
If the rose is tied to a wall, trellis or fence, untie the climbing rose canes and wrap them in insulating material (the way you'd wrap the pipes to keep them from freezing). Then retie the canes to the wall, trellis or fence.
If you need to cut the canes back a bit to make it easier, go ahead. You must also cover the base of the plant with at least a foot of soil and added mulch.

Another way to do it is to detach the canes from the trellis and lay the whole plant down on its side onthe ground, staking it in place, and then cover the whole thing with a foot, or more, of soil and mulch, and other insulating material, such as burlap or foam insulation.

When the weather warms in the spring, gently remove the covering and retie the rose to its structure.

Best wishes with your rose!

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