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New York
susiev21
Dec 24, 2018 11:07 AM CST
hi all. so I messed up bc I have a black thumb! I have 3 potted Roses I got at the end of the season (August in NY) I never got around to planting them so I've been keeping them in my shed. I water lightly and irregularly. well the other day it was 60 degrees (from our average freezing) and raining to I put them outside to get some water. well... I forgot them... now it's been really cold the last 2 days and I'm afraid I've ruined them. first question is can I save them. secondly I never pruned them. should i?
ps. they started to rebud from that one 60 degree day
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Dec 24, 2018 11:48 AM CST
Just put them back in the shed. They'll be fine. Roses can withstand temps down to about 25 degrees with little of no damage. They would have to have been in the teens for all that time to have died. And I have to think that your weather has been similar to ours, highs in the mid 30s and lows in the mid 20s.You will lose any new growth that started but don't worry. There's more where that came from. Do not prune them now. Wait until early spring for pruning. A lot of northern states use the forsythia as a sign. When they bloom you can start pruning. The forsythia won't bloom until the soil has warmed up enough for the roots to start growing and the roses to wake up.

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