transplanting roses - Knowledgebase Question

Greenwell Springs, Lo
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Question by lillieburns6
April 24, 2010
I have a rose bush that is planted between a grapefruit tree and lemon tree. How do I remove it safely? thre is very little space between the trees and the rose bush.

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010
Since its still spring, you can safely prune your rose bush back to make it easier to handle. The roots will be in the top 12 inches of soil and extend out as far as the tips of the branches. It will be best for your rose if you dig the entire root mass without damaging too many of the roots. It will suffer some transplant shock if you move it now but it should recover later this summer. To reduce the chance of transplant stress you can wait until December or January to move your rose bush. At that time you can prune it back to about 18-24 inches from the ground and then dig and transplant it. The roots well establish themselves in their new home before spring growth begins. Best wishes with the move!

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