How to Prepare Roses for Winter

Preparing roses for the winter means mounding dirt around the base of the plant to increase insulation, while mulch works as well. Use a cloth or pillow case to cover the plant to protect from a freeze with help from an urban horticulturist and gardening adviser in this free video on growing roses.

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Video Transcript

Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. Roses, what do you do when we get near the Winter season? Well when it gets cold most roses in the Southern part of the US are probably fine or for that matter around the world. If your area gets into real subfreezing temperatures, we're talking teens or below, you probably need to think about taking some dirt like we have here and kind of mounding it up around the base of your rose plant. It kind of gives you an insulation factor or you can use mulch as well. Take that mulch like you would the dirt and kind of pack it up around the root system and up over the base of the plant. I kind of like the mulch better than the dirt if the dirt is going to stay too moist during the Winter season because moisture and fungus sometimes causes trouble. Now if you just have an area where you are worried about a little bit of a freeze you might take something like this cloth, take a sheet, pillow case something you have got at home, take this and cover over the entire plant, maybe put some bricks or something on it because with most cold fronts you have also have a lot of cold wind coming through. So if you have got 20 or 30 mile an hour winds you might find your cover over in the neighbor's yard. Cover to the ground, it helps hold some of that radiant heat and it is especially good if we are going down into the teens or below. For, I'm Stan DeFreitas.


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