moving a rose bush - Knowledgebase Question

Rochester, NY (Zone 5B)
Question by lazybone34
July 18, 2007
i have a rose bush that is planted in my yard but i would like to move it from one place to another and i would like to replanted it in another spot but i don't want to kill it can u tell me how can i do it


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Answer from NGA
July 18, 2007

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If you planted the rose this past spring, you could move it at the beginning of September. If it has been growing in that location for longer than that, it would be better to wait until late fall (after a few frosts) to move it. Or, move it in very early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Roses can be difficult to transplant because they have big, deep, root systems. Take as much of the roots as you possibly can. Trim it back if necessary to compensate for lost roots. Replant immediately at the same depth as it is growing now. Water thoroughly to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Then mulch generously with an organic mulch. Water as needed to supplement rain to keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge just as you would for any newly planted rose. Wait until spring to fertilize it. Good luck with the move!

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