Container planting Knockout Roses
I would like to plant Knockout Roses in containers but I live in Lansing, Michigan. Will they survive the winter if left outside?
Knock out roses get to be 4 ft tall. Even in a large container, it will be prone to blowing over in a good thunderstorm. I don't think it will do well in winter unless you insulate the roots by placing bales of straw around the container then wrap the bales and plant with burlap. You'll need to gently water it in winter so the roots don't dry out. If you are looking for a minimal care rose for a container, why not go with a landscape rose. It won't need the large container that Knock-Outs do and can therefore be easily moved to a shed or garage in winter.