October Rose Growing is the start of planning for winter dormancy on the Rose Growing Calendar. Time to start thinking about preparing the rose beds for winter and watching out for those nice, plump red (or orange) rose hips. Use all the months of the rose growers calendar and build yourself a working “how-to” for your next years rose garden.
" T is the last rose of summer left blooming alone. "
All good things must come to an end and October is the month when your roses should begin to go dormant and rest until spring.
- Roses growing in containers need special winter treatment to prevent their roots from freezing. Pots can freeze hard in just a few hours, dry out and die, so it is important to give them some protection.
If you are lucky enough to own a greenhouse, store your containers there with minimal heat over winter. Other options are to bury the pots up to the rim in the garden or in piles of leaf mulch or to place them in an unheated garage.
An open carport would also work by putting the pot inside a box, plastic bag or other container that you can then surround with house insulation, leaves, straw or crumpled newspaper.
You want the rose to be in a cold enough area to encourage dormancy but also to be protected from the wind and sudden changes in temperature and from freezing.
Prune the roses back, water very occasionally but do not fertilize them.
Time to get ready for winter cold, heavy rain and darker days...now doesn't that sound like fun? ...okay, now go look at all those gorgeous photos you took of your roses!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ROSE SOCIETY. Our heartfelt thanks to the Vancouver Rose Society (Vancouver, Canada) and their website, for the basic structure of this series for the rose growers calendar. Some changes have been made to expand the appropriateness of the material for a North American readership and rose gardeners world wide. The Vancouver Rose Society website can be found at:
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