The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Floribunda Roses

Question: Is it possible to relocate mature floribundas? when is the best time to do this? how?

Answer: It is possible to transplant roses if you do it with care. The best time is in fall or very early spring. This timing allows the roots to reestablish while there is less seasonal pressure for the top to grow. Water the plant well the day before. Cut it back by about two thirds so you can work around it. Dig up the root ball taking as large a ball as possible. (You may need help, they are very heavy.) Place it on a tarp to help move it to the new location. Replant immediately into prepared soil. Water well, mulch and continue to keep an eye on the watering for an entire year. The soil should be kept moist (not soggy).

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