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Name: Johannian
The Black Hills, SD (Zone 5b)
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Johannian
Dec 29, 2020 8:16 PM CST
Hello!

We have just moved to a new climate and state (from CA to SD), and there is this rose plant that we were left with in one of the gardens. It seems dead at the top, but on the bottom it would seem as if there still might be some hope, for it's green and has leaves growing. Will the snow and freezing temperatures kill it? It's seems like a young plant, and I suspect that one of the previous owners just planted it for our arrival.

Thanks for any help!
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Dec 30, 2020 10:23 AM CST
Just leave it alone until spring. When the forsythia starts to bloom is when you should do your spring pruning. Take off anything that looks dead or dried up. When you prune look at the center of the cane. If it is tan or brown and looks dry it is dead. If it is greenish white and looks moist it is still alive. In your cold zone you may have to prune it very low. Don't worry, it will come back. Once it is pruned give it some fertilizer and watch it grow and bloom! Take lots of pictures and maybe we can help you identify it.
Name: Johannian
The Black Hills, SD (Zone 5b)
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Johannian
Dec 30, 2020 12:04 PM CST
Thank You! very much Seil!
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Name: Audrey
NY (Zone 6a)
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Rosykittycat
Jan 24, 2021 3:22 PM CST
Johannian said:Hello!

We have just moved to a new climate and state (from CA to SD), and there is this rose plant that we were left with in one of the gardens. It seems dead at the top, but on the bottom it would seem as if there still might be some hope, for it's green and has leaves growing. Will the snow and freezing temperatures kill it? It's seems like a young plant, and I suspect that one of the previous owners just planted it for our arrival.

Thanks for any help!


Hi,

After this winter if it grows well spring-summer-fall you may enjoy adding rich new soil and fertilizers to it as needed to help it thrive. A little TLC helps. Roses have better blooms with weekly special care... dead heading... sprays...rich soils, nutrition...

I add Miracle Grow soil (& other soils) to my clay soil in NY and I did it when I lived in Oregon and CA. Then I fertilize with "Once." I may try other organics this year.

Then in fall 2021 you may wish to learn to winterize your rose in fall for next winter. Winterizing helps them to thrive in cold climates. To winterize in fall: you may try adding good soil & mulch mounding it and maybe putting a burlap bag on it if needed. There are many techniques for winterizing so reading about it and choosing what works best for you.

I put good soil & mulch mounded around trunks of my roses in Oct/Nov and some of my roses which are not winter hardy" get burlap bags on them. The idea is to keep them as warm & protected as possible during cold and winds.

Enjoy your rose! Even now you can put a burlap bag and some good soil around it to add protection if needed. All the warmth it gets will add to its protection. It sleeps for now.... we will see how it does in spring. When it's warm enough and you are sure frosts are all finished for the season, then prune and clean up all leaves around your rose. Give it the TLC you prefer and begin watering when it is needed. Then blooms should come by May or April, I suspect if it's healthy. Or if it is small it make take a season with TLC to thrive.


Best Wishes,
Kitty

Name: Johannian
The Black Hills, SD (Zone 5b)
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Johannian
Jan 24, 2021 4:37 PM CST
Thanks so much for the informative post, Audrey.

So far it looks like it's dying, unfortunately. Definitely doesn't look like it's getting better.
Honor thy father and thy mother, do unto your neighbor as you would have them do unto you. (Mat. 19:19)
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Jan 24, 2021 5:27 PM CST
I think you will be amazed to find that once it begins to warm up your rose will take off and grow again. I'm in Michigan and we have hard winters. Often I lose all the canes right down to ground but they come back anyway. So don't despair. Just wait for spring!

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