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Rose Bush

Zone I live in massachusettes | gpattygartley added on October 18, 2011 | Answered

MY husband bought me a climbing rose bush back in April. Before I could plant it, we were having work done on the exterior of my home. Well here we are and the work in complete and it's almost November. I put the rose bush in a 5 gallon bucket over the summer. It has grown about 6 feet. What should I do? When should I plant it? Should I cover it over the winter? I don't know what to do. Help. Thanks, Patty

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Answered on October 18, 2011

Right now is a wonderful time to plant the rose. Dig the hole about twice the size of the root ball. If the soil is good, fill the hole back with it. Lightly
push down on the soil and water as your filling the hole. I would not fertilize the plant now for fear of winter damage. You'll also want to prune the bush
back to about six of the strongest canes. Leave them about six inches long cut about one quarter inch above the closest bud on an angle. It will not hurt to deeply mulch around the bush leaving some air space between the bush and mulch.

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