Roses are planted in tubs, barrels, planters and other containers. This makes a rose movable, so the landscape is changeable. Potted roses are used for walkways, patios, decks, terraces and rooftops. They create gardens in areas with limited space. Container-grown roses need special care in the winter in colder climates.
Expose the potted rose plant to a couple of hard autumn frosts. This encourages the roses to go dormant. Their leaves change color and start to fall.
Cut the rose canes back to 3 feet in length with a pair of pruning shears. This pruning will reduce the risk of cane breakage when the rose bush is moved.
Pour water into the top of the container until it runs out the bottom of the plant pot. While the potted rose plant is in storage, keep the soil slightly moist by watering it every 1 to 2 months.
Mound straw or pine needle mulch on top of the plant pot around the rose bush. This conserves moisture and protects the rose roots.
Move the potted rose bush into an unheated area protected from frost and drying winds. An area with low light, such as an unheated garage or shed, can act as winter storage for potted rose plants. Return the roses to the outside once spring arrives.