transplanting roses - Knowledgebase Question

Lincoln, Ca
Question by rfdawson
May 13, 2010
I want to transplant some rather large rose bushes. Help?!?


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Answer from NGA
May 13, 2010

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It's best to dig and transplant roses during the dormant season. In your gardening region that would be December or January. Prepare the new holes prior to digging, then dig and transplant your roses, followed by general annual pruning. They should grow nicely and bloom by next summer. You can move them now, but they will take some time to establish before they grow and bloom for you. Expect the majority of the roots to be in the top 12 inches of soil and extending out to the length of the branches. It's okay to sever some of the outer roots but you'll want to keep the major rootmass intact so dig carefully. After replanting water your roses well to help settle the soil. Good luck with the move!

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