The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Roses

Question: How do I transplant rose bushes?

Answer: First of all, prepare the new planting area ahead of time. Water the rose well the day before you plan to move it. You may need help to do move the shrub because the rootball will be heavy. Dig up the rose, taking as many of the roots as possible, and replant immediately at the same depth as it grew before. Water it well, then mulch with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark. Water as needed the way you would a new rose for at least a year, trying to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. The best times to transplant roses and other shrubs are very early spring and mid fall.

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