Removing Rose Winter Protection

If your Climate requires you to Winterize your Roses...

winter roses

Once Spring is here; you'll be wondering about Removing Rose Winter Protection.

If you live in a climate where winterizing roses is an important part of their survival; you do your best to protect them, but when milder breezes blow, you have to know when to remove the protection.

Leaving protection on to long will cause poor circulation, and encourage fungal diseases.

Removing Rose Winter Protection ~   Soil

If you mounded the canes up with soil from another part of the garden,you should gradually remove it as the temperatures warm.

Once you see the rose sending out buds (small red leaf buds), it's time to start removing the soil.

new leaf buds on rose bushNew Leaf Buds on Rose cane

Don't be in to much of a hurry to remove the covering, take your time, and remove a little bit over a few weeks time.

By removing the soil gradually as the warming accelerates, you will reduce potential losses due to an unexpected late freeze.

While removing the soil, do it carefully, so you don't break any new canes that are growing.

As you remove the soil, be sure to remove any fallen autumn leaves on the ground, and any that are stuck between the canes. These fallen leaves can harbor disease spores.

Once the winter rose protection has been removed, it is time to begin fertilizing, and pruning your rose bushes.

Caution: Don't be tempted to start pruning the roses to early! Always wait until you see the buds swell from the new growth, and have a bit of growth to them.

Removing Rose Cones..

Remove the rose cones, or burlap protection in spring to avoid fungal disease. Cones and burlap will cause excess moisture that are not healthy to the plant.

Rose Winter Protection ~  Compost

If you winterized your roses with compost, you can spread it out around in the rose bed, gently working it into the soil.  (Or scrape back the mulch, and spread it around, then replace the mulch) Same as above....don't do it to early!

Winter protection protects the cold-sensitive bud union over the base of the canes. It also avoids exposing the tender surface roots. While roses vary in their degree of hardiness, it is best to choose varieties that are hardy to your climate.

If protection is necessary, allow it to remain in place all winter, and gradually remove it in the spring.


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