New Growth on Hybrid Tea Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Otisco, IN
Question by lcooper03
January 4, 1998
My hybrid tea roses are starting out the winter with some beautiful new growth which is the result of the 60 degree days we have been having in December/January. They are already leafing out. They are going to get themselves frozen though! What can I doto protect them? I have already done the usual winter mulch protection, but what else can I do to protect the new growth? Please help quick! Cold weather is on it's way this weekend to our area!


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Answer from NGA
January 4, 1998

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Plant growth is dictated by the weather. Sometimes unseasonably warm weather will cause fruit trees to flower and roses to put on new growth at the worst times!

Your roses will survive the winter, but the new growth they have recently put on will not be cold hardy and will freeze back as soon as the temperatures drop. The best thing you can do at this point is protect the roots with mulch, as you normally do, and wait until early spring to do any pruning. Just expect that all that lush green growth that you see now will be history next spring.

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