The Q&A Archives: transplanting roses

Question: I have a rose bush that was planted too close to the side walk in front of my house. It does so good there I have had to cut it back twice this summer and its still 4ft. tall. I would like to move it but I don't know when or if it will make it some where else. It is a beautiful rose bush and I don't want to kill it. Help!

Answer: It sounds as though the spot you've chosen has just the right amount of sunshine, fertile soil, and good drainage. You should be able to find a similar site somewhere else in your garden - just concentrate on lots of sunshine and adequate elbow room and your rose should be happy there, as well. It is best to move roses during the dormant season so they will wake up in the spring in their brand new home. Wait until December, January or February to move your rose bush. Water it in well after replanting and the roots should establish themselves by the time spring arrives. Best wishes with your rose!

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