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What you need:
  • Pruners
  • 4 1x1" stakes
  • Coated wire
  • Chicken wire
  • Straw, hay, or leaves
  • Burlap
  • Twine
Tree roses are beautiful ornamental features in any garden. If you live where temperatures drop below 25 F, they require winter protection.
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Prepare your tree rose for winter after the first heavy frost or before cold weather arrives. If fall pruning is recommended for your area, start by pruning the top of your rose. If spring pruning is recommended, just tip back long canes to avoid injury during windstorms. Remove remaining leaves.
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If your tree rose is planted in a container, simply move the container into an unheated garage or greenhouse. Check the soil periodically and water as needed to keep it moist.
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Use this method if your tree rose is planted in the ground. Pound four 1x1" or thicker stakes in the ground around the rose, forming a square wide enough to encompass the bulk of the crown. Make the stakes at least 2/3 the height of the tree.
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Using twine or coated wire, secure the trunk to the four stakes in an X pattern. This will keep the rose from rocking in the wind.
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Make a "cage" by surrounding the stakes with chicken wire. The cage should be taller than the top graft on the rose, and encompass at least 2/3 of the crown.
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Fill the cage with straw, hay or leaves. Straw works best because it is usually free of weed seeds and disease pathogens. Make sure the material amply covers the area where the top is attached to the trunk (the graft), as it is the most sensitive to cold. Use a hoe or other long-handled tool to pack the material in well.
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Wrap the outside of the cage with burlap, secure it with twine and you are done. Next spring, simply remove and store the materials once the danger of really cold weather has passed.