A Type Of Root Beneath Rose Bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Evanston, Il
Question by franconeri20
September 21, 2010
How do you carefully and properly break apart a taproot to transplant a rose bush?


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Answer from NGA
September 21, 2010

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You can't really break a tap root and have it survive and grow into a new plant. It would be better to take cuttings and root them if you want a second rose bush. If you want to dig and transplant a rose bush, the best approach is to dig up the entire root system, leaving the roots intact. Winter, when the rose is dormant will result in less transplant shock so wait until then to dig your rose. If you must move it now, carefully dig all around the roots so you don't damage them.

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