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Beginner Flowers: Question on winter protection for roses.

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sm4657
Marshalltown, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 15, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8849776

This is my first year with roses. I have two Knock out rose shrubs and one John David climbing rose.

After our first hard frost, should I mulch the rose bottoms with compost? Or should I use plain mulch?

Should I wait and cut back the Knock Outs in the spring or do it after our first hard frost?

And the climber, John Davis...same question...should I mulch the roots with compost, or black dirt, or plain mulch?

Thanks for any and all info...
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

October 15, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8850334

Rosa 'John Davis' shouldn't need any winter protection at all. It was developed in a much colder climate than yours, and comes through winters here without protection. 'Knockout' roses are much tenderer than the Canadian-bred rose varieties, though.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 16, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8851822

Prune in spring

I use a leaf mulch
sm4657
Marshalltown, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8852407


thanks guys... here in zone 5, it is getting chilly at night (around 35-40) and the trees are dropping their leaves...so we will have plenty of mulch!

We also have a lot of pine needles...would that be good too?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 17, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8852882

Pine needles would be great for roses, also any other acid loving plant like rhodies or azaleas
sm4657
Marshalltown, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8853916

Thanks! Will go out and rake up some pine needles! We have a bunch!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8854193

I am not a rose expert, but I do make sure the bud union is covered with soil for the winter. In our zones, winters can be tough on roses.

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