Roses forum: Drift Roses...plant now or spring?

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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Oct 22, 2016 2:16 PM CST
I just scored some more drift roses for a sidewalk border at a great price. Hopefully enough to complete the row we started a few months back. Anyway, while the coming week looks devoid of frost, we could have a one any time after next weekend (assuming predictions hold). Should I race to get them planted or would it be better to bury the pots and plant in the spring?
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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Oct 22, 2016 3:22 PM CST
You could probably go either way. Drift roses are tough. I just buried some roses in their pots for this winter but only because I just transplanted them into their current pots a couple months ago and don't feel I have sufficient roots to get through winter if I take them out of the pots and they get transplant shock.

Your roses should be big enough to transplant now if you prefer and just make sure to put mulch over them to help them stay warm through this winter.
Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Oct 24, 2016 12:36 PM CST
Are they in 1 gallon pots or larger? I am still planting here, because I found some clearance deals too. This happens every year Rolling my eyes. and the roses do fine as long as I keep them watered.
Which Drifts did you get? A drift of Drift roses is a beautiful sight! Lovey dubby
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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Oct 25, 2016 8:04 PM CST
About a gallon. Everything I got this go around is Sweet Drift, Pink.

Just looked at forecast. Mostly low to mid 70s as highs and mid to high 50s at night for the next week. I may be able to get them all planted tomorrow. I wonder if that is too much of a gamble on winter survival???

Just saw longer forecast, near end of week 3+ days in 80s. Looks like highs could drop to 50s 2nd week out...given night temp drops, possible frost those days?
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Oct 27, 2016 2:35 PM CST
Frost shouldn't hurt them, drift roses are pretty hardy. Its the roots that need to be kept safe during winter, and I think planted in soil offers the most protection. In this part of zone 6 the soil rarely freezes beyond the top couple of inches, and if you mulch them not even that much.
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Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Oct 27, 2016 8:43 PM CST
My drift roses are at their peak right now. I'll post a pic tomorrow. Sweet Drift is the best!
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Name: Molly McKinley
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MollyMc
Oct 30, 2016 11:47 AM CST
I just got 2 new drifts this week. Luckily, planting any roses here is a good thing. As always, the big question is....where shall I put them.

Red drift and coral drift.

Molly

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