The Q&A Archives: Moving a Rose bush

Question: I would like to know how to relocate a rose bush and if there is a specific time to move it. It is not large but conflicting with my current garden. Is there a better time and method of moving a rose bush?

Answer: For the least amount of stress to your rose bush, move it when it is dormant. Late winter or early spring, before new growth begins is the best time. This way when the rose bush comes out of dormancy it will be all settled into its new home and ready to grow. Prior to moving your rose bush you can prune it way back so it will easier to handle. Expect the roots to be concentrated in the top 12-18 inches and extending out at least as far as the outer branches. It won't hurt to sever some of the roots but you'll want to retain as many of the larger roots as you can. When you replant, make sure the rose bush will be set at the same soil level as it was growing before. After plants be sure to water it well to help settle the soil. Good luck with the move.

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