WHY? -Roses hold leaves after 90" of snow

Discussion in 'Rosa (roses)' started by TownMouse, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. TownMouse

    TownMouse Member

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    My knowledge of roses of very, VERY limited. I am relatively new to the Frozen North (and to growing roses) but thought these beauties would drop leaves on their own.

    I planted climbing Blaze along 70+' of picket fence and it takes forever for me to pick off the dead leaves each spring. Is this normal? Those of you with gorgeous, tall, HUGE rose-covered arches, surely, cannot follow this practice (how would you reach the top?). Thank you in advance for any responses.
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    A lot of modern hybrid roses are semi-evergreen. It is normal for the leaves to hang on.
     
  3. joclyn

    joclyn Rising Contributor

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    i don't bother with taking leftover leaves off the canes...new growth and time and wind will take care of it.
     

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