How to Winterize a Climbing Rose Plant

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Climbing roses should be winterized with the proper fertilizers and soil for harsh winters. Ensure the survival of your roses with help from a professional horticulturist in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb, for askmrgreenthumb.com. How to winterize your rose, your climbing rose. Well, one of the things you need to do is make sure you're not giving it too high of a nitrogen fertilizer. If we use a real high nitrogen fertilizer, we're pumping a lot of new growth, and that may be more easily injured. So, I probably use a fertilizer that's higher in your second or third number; higher in phosphorous and potassium. Now, to winterize your rose, you may also want to have a cover like we have here. This cover is a commercial product that you can buy in almost any nursery, garden supply center, store across the country. Make sure you cover all the way to the base, and you may use a stone or something to help kind of hold that radiant energy in. Often, that makes a difference in having a live rose or one that's not alive next spring and summer. By covering over your rose, by cutting back on the amount of fertilizer, you should be able to winterize your rose and have good success. For learning more about winterizing your roses, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb.

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