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Wintering roses - 6 tips

Wintering roses - 6 tips

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Roses are one of the most popular garden plants. However, in winter you have to protect them. Here are 6 tips on how roses should spend the winter.

Wintering roses - tips for the cold season

Roses must be packaged well

Roses are not only planted in numerous colors and with beguiling scents, but also in a wide variety of forms, such as:

  • Busch Rose
  • stem Rose
  • Shrub and climbing rose
  • Wild Rose
  • bucket Rose

However, when late autumn is slowly approaching (around mid-November), each rose has to be packed hardy so that its shoots do not freeze and they can unfold their full splendor again in the coming spring and summer. Also protects a complete winter coat the roses in front of the winter sun, which otherwise could easily irritate them. Here are our tips to help your roses get through the winter.

Wintering roses - 6 tips for the cold season

Tip 1 - rose cut
Under no circumstances should the rose be cut if frost temperatures can be expected during the night. The last rose cut (removal of withered flowers) should be done immediately after flowering. Best in late summer or very early in autumn.

If the rose bushes need to be shaped, you should only do this cut in spring.

Tip 2 - pile up the trunk
In late autumn, you should pile the rose stem (from bush roses, ordinary roses and climbing roses) about 10 to 20 centimeters high with soil. Use well loosened soil for this, but no compost.

You can also optimize this accumulation with leaves, moss and brushwood. Put the fallen leaves from the trees together and spread them around the rose bush so that as little frost as possible can penetrate to the roots - straw is also an alternative.

You can also cut twigs from conifers and wrap them around the perennial roses - if necessary, carefully fix them to the trunk with raffia cords. In this way, the entire rose tree is well protected in winter - this method can also be used for standard roses.

Tip 3 - wrap jute
Regular roses and climbing roses in particular often need additional winter protection, for which jute cloths or jute sacks are primarily suitable. Slip them as loosely as possible over the rosary and fix them slightly (tie them together) - below the finishing point. The use of jute is recommended because this natural material is permeable to air and prevents condensation from forming under the rose protection.

Tip 4 - fertilize
Under no circumstances should you fertilize roses again after the end of July. A strong growth that is triggered, which is often expressed in delicate shoots, would freeze off again in the first frost. Many roses bloom again due to late fertilization, and in turn, wilted flowers can only be removed much too late. The rose is often completely damaged in this way.

Tip 5 - potted plants
If you have planted your roses in tubs, you can overwinter the tubs in winter in a sheltered but not warmed room (then water from time to time). If you want to leave your tub roses outside, you have to cover the pots appropriately for winter. For this purpose, the garden trade offers rose protection covers made of special nonwovens for different sizes. You can also slip the rosary on yourself with jute. You should also cover the pot with a bast mat. You can use it again and again every year.

Tip 6 - remove winter protection
In spring, however, the winter protection must be removed thoroughly so that the rose can develop optimally. The ideal time for removal is the flowering of the forsythia.