The Q&A Archives: when to move knockout roses

Question: About three years ago, I bought three knockout roses. Because I had
never had the sun to grow roses before I planted them and let them
go. They have been spectatular!!!! I did not allow enough room
between them and one is overtaking the water meter making it hard for
my utility person to read the meter.

I would like to move at least one of them but since I was afraid to
cut them back and was told to wait now till early spring, when is the
best time to move it?

Thank you for all your advice in the past. Couple of summers ago I
wrote asking about a banana plant I had rescued from a ditch. I
planted the seeds from the red bananas. Never had any idea that they
would really grow. I simply put all of the seeds in a 14in. pot and
threw in the greenhouse and forgot about them. When pulling my ferns
out in the spring, I found the pot and it was so full I couldn't get
my fingers in the sides. When I finally got them out I ended up with
27 pots with about 50 tiny trees in each pot. I gave them to everyone
I knew.

My husband, laughed and asked if it had ever occured to me that maybe
I didn't have to plant all of them. I got about 5 bunches this year
but saved the seeds and haven't planted them all this time.

Again, thank you. Mary Jenkins

Answer: Glad we've been helpful to you, and congratulations on your successful banana propagation! I'll bet your friends and family are delighted with their plants. I love sharing plants from my garden - I call them pass-alongs.

Now about your knockout roses. You can move a landscape tree or shrub anytime the ground is not frozen. We generally recommend moving plants in the fall or spring because temperatures are cool then, and rainfall usually abundant. Moist soil helps the roots establish themselves. As long as you keep your plant well watered after the move, you can move it now. Or, you can wait until spring. Avoid pruning it now, though. Pruning encourages new growth and if there's a frost, the new growth won't be hardy enough to withstand it. So, if you need to prune it back in order to move it, wait until spring. Then prune and move. If you can move it without pruning it back, go ahead and move it now.

Best wishes with your landscape, and continued success with your banana seeds!

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