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I'm new--question about rose bushes

Hi!  I am a novice gardener and an old neighbor of mine gave me a rose bush.  I live in Minnesota and it's about to get cold!  Plus, I have an HOA and don't really deal with my yard care or any upkeep.  I am PRETTY sure they will let me plant this bush, but we have rocks around our home, not mulch.  Is it bad to plant a rose bush in rock trim?  Everything I am seeing in my online searches talks about planting it in mulch and I don't have that option.  Or should I just buy a large pot and leave it in that?  Finally, whether I plant it in ground or in a pot, with winter around the corner do I hold off on having it outside or how do I make sure it survives...


Thank you!!!

Re: I'm new--question about rose bushes

  • IMO you have one of 2 options:

    1. Keep it in a container and get good instructions on how to take care of it as an indoor plant.

    2. Plant it in the ground (it won't survive in a pot in a MN winter) and buy a small bag of mulch to spread around the plant.

    If you go with option 2, I'd get some clear plastic to put over it for the winter so it has a chance to overwinter OK.


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  • Thank you!  I think I might look into having it as an indoor plant for the winter, and then planting it in the spring.  I just don't want to kill it without learning more about it this winter in the cold temps.
  • I live in MI, and have 2 rose bushes that we planted last summer, they both made it though the winter and did really well this summer, I have rocks too I hate mulch!
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