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Name: Elizabeth
Rochester NY (Zone 6a)
May 22, 2017 5:40 AM CST
Hello! I am new to the forum and have a rose question. I purchased my first rosebushes this spring and would like to keep them alive! They are David Austin, Crown Princess Margereta. They are each in a large - 2 cubic foot - container on my patio. Do I store the container in the garage over the winter? We live in Rochester NY and while they would survive the winter in the ground, I am not sure about them making it in the containers. I appreciate any advice.
Thank you:)
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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May 22, 2017 6:28 AM CST
Hi @woolies7
Is your garage heated or unheated? Does it have a window?
When overwintering hardy shrubs in containers, if the shrub is dormant (no leaves) you can let the soil freeze with no harm to the roots. Repeated freezing and thawing should be avoided, however.
If the shrub retains leaves, it is best to keep it cool, but not frozen, and give it light and enough water to keep it alive but not actively growing.

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