Potted Rose tree - Knowledgebase Question

Mechanic Falls, Ma
Question by Presto6
October 15, 2009
I havbe two beautiful patio potted Rose trees and I would like to know how to take care of them for the Maine harsh winter.

Answer from NGA
October 15, 2009


Since your roses are in containers rather than in the ground, the standard winterizing practices won't work for them. Instead of trying to cover them or wrap insulation around the containers, just wait until they go dormant and drop all their leaves. At that time they need to be stored where it is dark and consistently cold (25-40 degrees) throughout the winter. It is essential that it be cold enough to keep the plant dormant so it can rest. In the early spring you can take them back outdoors where they will emerge naturally from their dormancy.

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