Transplanting roses

The reasons for wanting to transplant roses are numerous.  Maybe you are building a shack, rearranging your garden, moving to another house and you want to take your price winning rose bushes.  But if the situation arises there are some things that you need to know before you pull your roses out of the ground.

First prepare the ground where you are planning to place your roses.  Dig the holes for your roses in the new location before taking them out of their current location.  You want them out of the ground as briefly as possible so the exposed roots don’t dry up and cause the plant to wilt.

The last thing you want to do is to allow the root system to be exposed to the hot sun or loose any of its moisture.  If your plant has to be transported by vehicle to get to its new location, make sure that you cover the roots with a damp piece of burlap.  The day before water your plant and the ground around your plant well.  This will moisten the ground so it will be much easier to dig up the plant and it will also ensure your plant is well watered for a successful transplant.  The chances of transplanting a dry, wilting plant successfully are low.  But, if the plant is full of water, the demands on the roots are minimized.  You are going to loose some of the roots from transplanting the plant as the roots of a rose plant grow very deep into the soil.  But, with enough water absorbed by the rest of the plant, your roses have a greater chance of survival.

When digging the plant out, take as much of the root system as you can handle.  After the transplant if the plant starts to wilt at its tips it’s a sign that it is having trouble supporting its top structure.  If this happens increase the amount water it and you can prune any tips that do not recover.

It’s a good idea to add about a half to a full cup of bone meal to the hole where the plant will go.  Bone meal is good for the roots and stimulates root growth.  You will also need to set the plant slightly higher then it was before because the plant will settle within the hole.  Once the plant is watered and has settled, you can press slightly on the plant to eliminate air pockets.

It’s best not transplant roses in the growing season for several reasons.  It is easier to transplant the roses while they are dormant because there is less of a risk of them going into shock since they are not growing.  Plus, right after the annual pruning the plant will be smaller and easier to move around.  But, with proper preparation and a lot of water, anyone can follow the steps listed here and anyone can have beautiful, flourishing roses after a transplant during any season.

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