Roses Didn't Winter Well - Knowledgebase Question

Decatur, IL
Question by kathybrown91
June 9, 2001
We had an unusually cold winter this year, and three of my roses didn't do well. The two hybrid teas lost all but one cane, while the third, a grandifloral, lost all the canes, but does have new leaves sprouting on one cane at the soil line. (The graft union was planted an inch or two below the soil line in each case, so I'm pretty sure the new leaves are from the desired bush, not the rootstock.)

Will these roses will recover over the summer, or should I just replace them? The two that have the single cane have already bloomed nicely, but one cane makes a pretty spindly bush. Will additional canes ever come up?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Answer from NGA
June 9, 2001

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Your roses should develop new canes, but it may take two or three years. In the meantime, continue to give them encouragement with regular watering and feeding. You can help protect your roses from cold snaps by covering them with straw, heaping it up over all exposed canes, or by piling leaves over the canes at the end of the season. Best of luck with your roses!

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