The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Roses

Question: I have a 4 year old established rose garden that I want to move. When would be the best time to do this and should I fertilize, mulch or cover?

Answer: Your roses will suffer less shock if they are moved in the early spring (March) just as the buds are beginning to swell. Transplant them to their new homes, prune the canes, water well and then mulch the top of the soil. Don't fertilize until the flower buds begin to form, then sprinkle a granulated rose food over the root area. (You may have to rake the mulch material away from the base of the plant to apply fertilizer, but you can redistribute it afterwards.)

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