hi, I new and i have attempted to grow roses. i planned on giving up on this crazy notion until i found this web site. the roses transplant well and grow and flower in the first year. After a grueling winter (mulch around the plant for winterprotection) some will start to come back and then die after a few leaves come others will die with no regrowth. I live in zone 2a-2b and the roses have not been out in the open but rather they have been planted in raised beds along side the house on the west side.
I love roses but am beginning to think that valentines day is the only time i will see the flowers. Any help?
I have tried straw as a mulch being sure not to put it close to the plant but rather at the base and then piled high so the snow will catch and cover them.
Leaves as a mulch did not work so well. mold and fungs was the end result. This side of the house gets alot of snow cover but in the spring it is one of the first places to be exposed.
Some help would be much appreciated, maybe and then try again. Otherwise they are rather expensive perenials.