Best time to transplant a rosebush - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mary Collard
Oceanside, Ca
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Question by maryhiker200
June 30, 2010
We have a rosebush up on a slope that is not getting enough water with current watering system. We plan to transplant it to a lower portion of slope that gets better water. When is a good time to transplant, and should we prune the bush prior to transplanting?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
The best time to transplant a rose is when it's dormant or nearly so. December or January in your region. Pruning prior to moving the rose is just fine. You can take it all the way down to knee level if you'd like. Pruning will simply encourage new growth. Best wishes with the move.

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