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Storing bare roots [updated: rooted cuttings/bands] until spring?

Vivi z6A
2 months ago
last modified: 24 days ago

Hi all, hoping you can offer some advice. I had ordered some bare root roses last year anticipating they will be coming to me in the spring, however, the seller had just informed me that the plants will be shipped out now in January, in the dead middle of winter. (Long story short, ship date will not be changed.) On top of that, we have been experiencing uncharacteristically warm weather for Illinois, however, this coming week we are getting random days of snow again. I worry that these roses will likely break dormancy and perish in this fluctuating weather long before spring arrives. What do you think is this best course of action here to ensure these bare root roses' survival? Thank you in advance for this group's infinite wisdom!

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