Winterizing Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
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Question by vantimuro
August 9, 2010
I have a rose bush tree (it has a thin, long trunk) and will have to keep it outdoors this winter in Chicago. What's the best way to protect it/winterize it?

Answer from NGA
August 9, 2010
There are several ways to overwinter a tree rose. Hopefully you left your tree rose in a container. If so, overwintering is a snap. Just move the pot into shed or an unheated garage and check it for water once a month or so. (Plants do dry out in the winter.)

If you planted your Tree Rose here's what you need to do: With a sharp spade cut the roots around half the plant. Lay it over into a trench and completely cover (bury) it with 6" of soil.

Not enough room in your bed to do that? Then it's time to try another method: Drive a secure stake into the soil next to the rose. Tie the plant to it. This is to keep it from bending and cracking during wind storms. Next build a cage out of chicken wire around the rose. Fill the cage with straw. Then wrap burlap around the cage and secure with strong twine.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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