Caring for My Winchester Rose

janicegabbott added on September 18, 2015 | Answered

We have a Winchester rose in a pot that is two years old. We bought it on the day our dog died to remember him and it is very important to us that it survives the winter. We bought a breathable cover for it last year and this worked very well but I just wanted to know if I need to prune it before it turns frosty or do I just leave it for now? Any advice would be greatly appreciated - Thank you, Janice

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Answered on September 26, 2015

Leave it for now. Once it turns colder and the rosebush has gone into dormancy you can prune it back a bit. Pruning too soon will encourage it to grow more and that is not what we want going into winter.

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