>Winterizing Roses In The South

>I have gotten several e-mails this week from folks asking about winterizing their roses. In the south where I live (zone 7b), I wait until the first heavy frost and trim back any tall canes about 1/3 to 1/2. This will help prevent stress and breakage of the canes from whipping about in the winter wind. I mound up mulch around the base of my roses to protect the bud union or the base of the rose.

In January, most of the leaves will have fallen off my roses. Those that remain will be stripped away and I will clear the beds of any fallen leaves and debris.

I will spray a generous amount of Lime Sulphur spray on the entire plant and the surrounding beds. This will kill any remaining fungus spores left over from the summer. You will start your spring growing season free of problems.

Keep those cards and letters coming!!! Chris@RedneckRosarian.com


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to >Winterizing Roses In The South

  1. >You are a WAY more ambitious gardener than I am. I always MEAN to spray lime sulphur or dormant oil on my roses in winter, but I just haven't. Roses in the garden here in Hartwood get no winter preparation at all. I bury bud unions when I plant to help protect them from freeze-thaw cycles, and any roses that die from winter cold probably weren't meant to live here anywhere. Potted roses are another story. I mound the pots of mature roses together and cover them with leaves. Small pots go into the greenhouse.


  2. jim says:

    >I haven't winter sprayed in years. But I only have heritage roses (no grafts). I do no winter protection. I'm zone 7.I'll bet your roses will be stellar.


  3. Laura says:

    >Good tips. I always get confused on whether I'm supposed to trim them back in fall or in spring.


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