I have several roses in containers, two climbers and a Queen Elizabeth,
which I want to put into the ground, but I'm wondering if it's too late in
the season here to plant them. The spots I've picked out are in full sun
most of the day throughout the winter, if that matters in this case. Any
advice for me? Thanks in advance!
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This is not always a precise concern. Perhaps even less of concern in zones
7 and 8 than in colder areas. Soils seldom freeze soldily down more than a
few inches until mid to late winter and a number of prolonged cold spells.
Since the top soil level is typically above where most roots reside, they
still continue to develop and some trees and broadleaf evegreens will
continue root development even in frozen soils. And we humans tend to get
frightened off from gardening as soon as the weather turns nasty anyway,
allowing enough leeway to accomodate most plantings.
FWIW, in my climate it is never too late for planting :-)
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Don't torture me! I'm in Rochester NY, zone 5. I just called a local nursery
looking for European ginger, a great little shade plant. The lady said she
that she would've dug some for me if I'd called 3 weeks ago, but not now.
She said she hates to send plants to their death.
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