Transplanting Rose Bushes Out Of The Ground - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by franconeri20
September 21, 2010
What is the method of transplanting rose bushes out of the ground from one place to another?

Answer from NGA
September 21, 2010
Roses will suffer less transplant shock if you move them when they are dormant. When they are dormant during the winter months they won't mind if you prune off some of the roots when you are digging. Just wait until after your first frost (which signals the plant to go into dormancy) and then dig and replant in another part of your landscape. The roots will begin growing in the spring and your roses will be well established before they begin to leaf out. If you must move them now, in the fall you'll need to dig larger holes so you won't damage as many roots. The important thing to remember when replanting is to make sure they will be resting at the same soil level as they were before. Don't plant them too deeply or too shallow. Hope this answers all your questions.

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