potted roses in winter

burz(5b)November 4, 2011

What is the best way to store potted roses during winter? I put them in the garage last year but I think it may have been a little too warm. I saw some very fleshy light green growth towards the middle/end of march. They seemed to do fine when brought back outside put this seems unhealthy to me. I also thought about putting them back outside when/if this happens again, but it seems to me that this would be to early.

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TNY78(7a-East TN)

I had asked a similar question a few weeks ago :) Here is the link to that post. It doesn't cover the new growth coming in too early in the season, but it may help....


Here is a link that might be useful: Where to Over-Winter

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 2:20PM
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seil zone 6b MI

The garage is fine. That pale growth is due to lack of sunlight. I get it on my pots buried in leaves too. It's less of a problem than taking them out too soon and having them freeze. Sometimes it will green up once out in the light and sometimes it just drops off when new growth starts. I don't take my pots out until night time temps are steadily remaining above freezing. Usually that's the beginning of April for me. The hardest thing on the roses is that yo-yoing freeze/thaw. They only have so much energy stored in the roots and canes. If they start to grow and then all that new growth is frozen off and they have to grow again they can only do that a couple of times before the stores are used up and they die. Unless you want to take them out during the day and then put them back in every night leave them in the garage until the nights are above freezing and don't worry about that pale growth.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 10:39PM
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Thank you both for replies!

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 4:35PM
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