Question: I am moving to I dug up my roses this Febuary while they were dormate. They are in huge containers that I drilled holes in for drainage, I want to know if I am watering to much. I water several times a week about 1/2 gallon each rose bush. I have tested the soil with a water meter and it shows to be very wet, I am worried about the root rotting. If I don't water for a few days the top of the soil will get hard and withdraw from the container (contract) so I water. Right now I think I have lost 1 bush and am worried about another one. I have a total of 4 in containers. Help is appreciated, I live near Austin Texas. Thanks.

Answer: Nicole,

I can't say how much water to apply how often as there is a lot of variability due to temperatures, amount of sunlight, characteristics of growing media, and size of the rose bushes. Your best approach is to dig down a few inches and feel the soil. If it is moist don't water. It is much easier to overwater those plants since they have very limited roots due to being dug up and most of the growing media has no roots to "pump" out the water. It will take some time for the transplanting shock to lessen and for those roses to establish new roots and resume normal growth.

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