Roses forum: Can a split rose root be saved?

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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Feb 2, 2017 10:24 AM CST
I live in Zone 6 Pennsylvania. I'm trying to rescue a very big, very old rose bush that I think may be Reine d Violette. It is fully dormant. When the backhoe operator ripped it out of the ground, the bush split in half, so now I've got two halves with stems and roots. I've cut the stems back very hard and replanted both halves. Will they survive? Or is this a waste of time and effort?
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Name: Paul
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Feb 2, 2017 10:33 AM CST
It may well survive. I would mound some soil or compost over the canes and then remove it when it begins to show growth in the spring..
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Feb 15, 2017 7:55 PM CST

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These roses were hauled out with a backhoe and given to me this last fall. The larger ones lost the majority of their tree trunk like roots when they were pulled out but all three plus a few more I didn't get photos of have since leafed out and become established without even going into a period of shock. Now none of them were split in half but I'm betting if there are damaged canes you might wrap them with some sort of tape just to keep out them from fungal or bacteria exposure and trim any broken roots.

Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Feb 15, 2017 8:12 PM CST
Rebekah ...

Your roses are budded roses and the roots left behind are probably Dr. Huey. Looks like you got all of the bud union ... good for you. It makes sense that they should do fine. That's how they harvest roses in the rose fields ... Whistling

With the amount of roots left behind, those roses would have probably been sold as body bag roses ... Smiling

The 'Reine d Violette' rose Annie posted about was probably an own root plant. It too should do fine. RdeV is known to sucker quite readily if conditions are right.
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