Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How do I properly transfer a rose bush?

I have a rose bush I would like to move but am not sure how to do so w/out damaging it. Any ideas?

How do I properly transfer a rose bush?
Funny you should ask that. I just transplanted two of my favorites today. I have a system that I have perfected over the years. It is simple, easy to do, and I've always had great success with it. First, locate where you want to transplant your rose and dig the hole (slightly wider and deeper than you think you need). Then carefully dig up your rose . Try to dig at least one foot in diameter around it and as deep as you can get your shovel under it. If done correctly, you should have a large root ball about one foot wide by one to one and one half foot deep. Now very carefully transport it to the new location and gently set it in the hole. (Note: The rose should be cut back to eight to ten inches high to make the job easier and to promote growth). Be sure that the top of the root system is at ground level, center the plant, and put just enough soil in to hold the plant in place, (I usually "tamp" around the plant with a 2X4 or whatever works for you). Now fill a five gallon bucket with water and pour one half of the water into the hole. Leave the plant sit for as long as it takes for all the water to settle in. Once all the water has settled, fill in the hole with the remaining soil and mound it around the plant. Make a little "dish" close to the plant by pushing the soil up and out about two inches or so. This will catch and hold water from rain or when you water it. Spred mulch around the plant (I prefer shredded bark), let set for an hour or so, then slowly add the rest of the water. This will "jump start" your rose and help it recover from the trauma of the move much faster.
Reply:Just make sure you take a wide and deep dirt ball with it. I have transplanted some for my wife and we haven't had any problem yet. Good luck
Reply:i've grown them for many years and have moved about 3 times with the same plants. I will usually make sure to take atleast 12 inches of root along with the plant, I will then clean off the roots with some warm water and soak the rose in a bucket of water with a small amout of vitamin B1 untill you are ready to plant it into the new hole. I don't suggest having it out of the ground for more than a couple hours. also you should cut the rose plant down to 2-3 feet, as this seems to help them with the transition and regrowing when they get into the new spot.
Reply:firstly, is the rose healthy? but if, you are changing the scheme.. SECONDLY DIG THE OTHER HOLE , (THIS WOULD CUT DOWN TRANSPORTATION TIME, SPRINKLE SOME BONE MEAL IN AND THEN WATER BY CAN) THEN would use a hand spade first, then keep checking the top part of the root system is ok then clear abit more(it will take a bit of extra time ). Then 'GENTLY,TEASE', the roots out . (Keep going your doing ok) then check all is ok, and then place into new home.gently putting the soil in by 'GLOVED' hand (and talking to the rose) .Then with your choice of spade finish by putting some compost onround ot and giving your lovely rose a big drink.

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  1. Can I cut my 6 rose bushes down to the main stem in mid summer? The builder is going to replace wall boards right beside them and he will wreck them unless I cut them right back. Will they die? How will I be best to approach this?