Hello-my dear friend's mother recently died and I would like to give her a...

Asked September 7, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

Hello-my dear friend's mother recently died and I would like to give her a rose bush as a memorial. I just read on your site that roses should be planted in the spring. Is it unwise to order the rose now? Should I wait until next spring? Thanks for your advice. Emily Fuerste

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

Spring is the best time to plant roses. That gives the plants a full growing season to get established before being exposed to winter conditions. Nevertheless, potted roses can be and often are planted in Minnesota in the fall with good results. Hardy roses are preferred for fall planting.

Hardy Roses
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/hardy-roses/

Be sure the plants have plenty of water until the soil freezes, provide mulch and otherwise follow winter protection recommendations, depending on the kind of rose you select.

Winter Protection
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/roses/winter.cfm

Many hardy rose varieties need little or no winter protection after they are well established. Plants that go into the ground in the fall will benefit from protection.