Why Would You Want to Transplant Your Rose?

After all the hard work you put into planting your rose and getting it established, why would you want to transplant it? There are many reasons you may need to transplant your rose; for example you may be doing a room addition and the location where your rose garden sits will no longer be available. Perhaps, you are moving across town and you want to take your prized rose with you. Think it can’t be done? You can transplant your rose successfully – here a few essential tips to help you on your way.

– Water your rose generously the day before you plan to dig it up – a fully hydrated plant has a much better chance of surviving the transplant.

– When you are deciding on a new location in your yard, keep in mind the amount of sunlight a rose needs to be a gorgeous bloomer – at least 5 to 6 hours per day.

– Transplanting during dormant season is the best time because the plant is not growing – you don’t have to trim your plant before transplanting – but a smaller plant is easier to move. If you decide to trim it back – try not to over-do it.

– At the new location, dig the hole at least 16 inches deep and 18 inches wide – this should be sufficient to accept the root ball. Add some compost and bone meal to enrich the soil – you want to give your plant the very best conditions at its new site. Prepare a mound at the bottom of the hole so you can drape the roots over it.

– Before you start digging up your plant, think about the root ball under the soil. Be sure to dig wide enough to avoid causing damage to the roots. Most likely, it will be impossible to avoid cutting some of the roots, but make every effort to keep it to a minimum. Dig down deep enough to get your shovel under the plant so you can lift it out carefully. I recommend having a helper at this point because the plant can be quite heavy.

– If you’re moving your rose across town, you will need to cover the roots with wet burlap to keep the roots from drying out. This is very important – if you aren’t able to move it from one hole to another right away – be sure to keep those roots wet.

– Place your plant in the hole, carefully spreading the roots over the mound that you prepared, and replace enough soil to support the plant. Go ahead and fill the hole with water at this point and let it drain. Continue to replace the soil until the hole is filled – the crown should be at least 1/2 to 1 inch above ground level in warmer winter climates and 1 to 2 inches below ground in colder winter climates. Water again and let it drain – you may need to add a little more soil at this point if it settles too much.

Your plant should be adequately watered by now, and from here on out water as usual. If you notice the tips of leaves looking a little stressed – check the soil to make sure it is not dry – and then simply give your plant some time to get established. Following these basic steps will give you the best success in transplanting your rose.

Let me know how it goes!! All the best…

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