Winter Care for a Rose Tree


Rose trees are also called rose standards. These trees make a lovely addition to any property. In addition, they bring a sweet smell to the outdoor air. Rose trees do fine in warmer climates but must be protected during the winter months in colder climates. You can perform this in an afternoon, but you definitely must do it before the first frost occurs.

Step 1

Set up three stakes going around your rose tree. Place each one one-third of the way around the tree.

Step 2

Tie a piece of garden twine from the rose tree to the stake to keep the rose tree stable during any winter storms. The stakes also enable you to set a fence around the cane of the rose tree in step 3.

Step 3

Wrap a chicken wire fence around the rose tree, using the stakes for support to protect and insulate the roots and the cane of the rose tree. Since the cane is about 32 inches in length, you need a fence to hold the mulch in.

Step 4

Fill the inside of the chicken wire fence with mulch. Make sure it reaches to the top of the cane. The rose tree will survive the winter as long as you keep the roots and the cane warm with the mulch.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure you use packaged mulch to be sure that the mulch you are using hasn't become infested with insects that could hurt the cane of your rose tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Stakes
  • Garden twine
  • Chicken wire
  • Mulch


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Keywords: rose tree care, winter plant care, caring for roses

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