Answer: Congratulations on your new home! The sooner you can accomplish this transplanting, the better, as roses probably haven't sprouted much new growth yet, but the soil has thawed. The best temporary storage for your roses is a nursery bed where you can plant them until their new home is prepared. Before digging the bushes, prepare a temporary bed for them in a mostly shady location. You'll be heeling them in, which means laying the plants in a foot-deep trench or hole at a 45-degree angle, and covering the roots with soil. It's a good idea to mulch the soil, too.
if the soil isn't already very moist, generously soak the area the night before with water so you can move the roses with as much soil as possible. This will limit root disturbance. If you haven't already pruned your bushes, do so now (for pruning instructions, visit our How-To at
. Replant in the new site immediately, BE SURE to
water in well, and keep an eye on watering until you are sure roots
are well established.
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