Transplant Mature Rose Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Newberry, Fl
Question by orkin920
January 14, 2010
When and how should I move them?

Answer from NGA
January 14, 2010


Wintertime, when they are not actively growing, is the best time to move rose bushes. You can prune them down prior to moving to make them easier to handle (December and January are prime pruning months for roses in your region). To make digging easier, soak the soil the night before. Wet soil is easier to dig and will cling to the roots. Try not to sever too many major roots (small roots are easily replaced). Start digging at the tip of the longest branch and dig down and towards the crown of the plant. The main roots will extend down about 18" and out to slightly past the longest branches. When replanting, set the bushes at the same soil level as they were growing before and be sure to water well after the move to help settle the soil. Best wishes with the move!

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