Roses

Asked May 30, 2018, 7:59 PM EDT

Is there any roses that can be grown successfully in MN? I've gone thru about 8 different rose bushes - either they don't make it thru the winter or Japanese beetles completely eat them. I don't want to use any chemicals to harm me or the environment. I'm not a fan of the color magenta. Thank you. Gina

Ramsey County Minnesota roses horticulture

1 Response

I'm not clear what kind of rose you want to plant. Hardy shrub roses can certainly survive here with little or no protection. Hybrid tea roses must be winter-protected. Read here:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/hardy-roses/
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/culture-of-garden-roses/

As for Japanese beetles, they love roses. Some cultivars are more attractive to them than others, but if you grow roses, be prepared to deal with them. Hand-picking them is still the control method of choice. Read here:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/japanese-beetles/

There seems to be some anecdotal evidence that less fragrant cultivars are of less interest to JBs. However, the only scientific study I found showed little difference among cultivars.