The Q&A Archives: can I save my rose

Question: hello again,
My question is this, I pulled a rose bush up and transplanted it from a neighbors yard it is shaped to look like a tree I don't know what kind of rose it is it dosen't even look like a rose I only knew it was by the thorns, I planted in a mixture of manure and hummas in the hole mixed with the soil and then sprinkled a little shake-n-feed miracle grow on the top and mixed it in the top soil. The problem is the little tree looks terrible it is all wilty and just looks bad, does it have a chance? I really want to save this rose it is striking when bloomed.
Please Help,
Paula Brewster, Boston

Answer: I don't think there's much to worry about - you planted it with care, from what I can tell. Most newly transplanted shrubs and trees go through a period of adjustment we refer to as transplant shock. It simply means that until the roots become re-established in their new home, your tree rose is likely to look pathetic. All you need to do to ensure success is to water it deeply once a week. When the roots are firmly established, which may take 2-3 weeks, it should perk up and begin to produce new growth. When you see new growth you can prune away any dead stems or branches and pull off any dead leaves. I'm sure your rose will recover and you'll be able to enjoy the flowers later this summer.

Best wishes with your garden!

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