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Name: Rosie
Mt. Bethel, PA
Mar 19, 2016 9:59 AM CST
I just planted 10 hybrid rose bushes this week and we are expecting a nor'easter tomorrow. They do not have buds yet and they all range from a foot to 18 inches tall... Please let me know if I should cover them etc I really don't want to lose them....
Thank you!!
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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Mar 19, 2016 10:33 AM CST

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Unsure if you have caught the weather reports in the last day or so, but that storm is going to miss you completely...
Name: Rosie
Mt. Bethel, PA
Mar 19, 2016 10:56 AM CST
Yay!! thank you that is wonderful news!! You just made my day Smiling
Any suggestions on how to help these roses thrive would be appreciated :)
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Mar 19, 2016 4:04 PM CST
Good news that the weather is going to miss you, Rosie. But if there is another storm or two before spring really settles in, you should consider mulching your new roses heavily with a good organic mulch. Do not use rock or rubber! It will not only keep the roots warmer and regulate moisture, if you pile it up around the stems a bit (remove it from touching the stems later) it will protect them from moving around in the high winds too. Come summer, the mulch will help again with moisture in the soil, preventing weeds and keeping the soil cooler - the sun can't bake it directly.

The basics of consistent nutrition (a good timed-release fertilizer) and watering (water the soil, not the foliage, always water in the morning, increase as the weather warms) you probably already know. Good air flow around and between your rose bushes is very important to preventing leaf fungus diseases like black spot and powdery mildew, so try not to crowd other plants around your roses.

If you're a beginner or novice with roses, we do have a whole dedicated forum here on ATP for roses. A wealth of info is available there, and all the current rose fanatics hang out there, too. (I used to live in Utah and grow lots of roses, but they are a challenge here in FL)

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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Mar 19, 2016 6:13 PM CST
Elaine I love them but they are a challenge for me to keep them alive through the winter. I like the hybrid Tea roses. After I spent a fortune buying them and only have dead sticks the next year I started buying them cheap and using them as annuals. If they live it is good if I get two year I call it really good.

I gave up on having a beautiful rose garden. I have settled for a beautiful potted rose garden on the patio for my summer displays and delight.
Name: Rosie
Mt. Bethel, PA
Mar 19, 2016 7:11 PM CST
Thank you all for the information. I will be mulching soon Smiling and hope to hop over to the rose forum soon.

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