The Q&A Archives: Should i prune a rose after transplanting?

Questioner's Location: Washington, Pa
Date: May 7, 2006

Question: I recently transplanted a 2-yr. old climbing rose plant. It has begun to wilt. It is early spring but it has not started to blume. Should i cut it back after transplanting it?

Answer: Transplanting a rose is tricky because they usually have very deep root systems. It would have been better to cut it back quite hard when you moved it and to move it when it was still dormant. In my experience you can still cut it back by about half to two thirds, depending on what kind of rose it may not bloom for you this year due to the pruning and/or the stress. If you do not cut it back it will likely self prune by dying back. Depending on how much of the root system has survived intact, it may die back substantially. Keep the soil evenly moist (damp like a wrung out sponge) just as you would any new plant. Good luck!

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