Rose Transplanting Advise
QUESTION: I live in far northern New Hampshire.
I have an unknown rose in my front bed that I would like to transplant to another spot.
I would like to move it to a place where it is not so near the house.
Because I love it, but worry about children or pets or workers coming into contact with its nasty thorns.
They seem to reach right out and grasp any passing thing!
How hard can I cut it back so that I can handle it while transplanting?
ANSWER: Hi Carol! First before you transplant any rose, you need to do and know certain things, so your rose will survive the transplanting.
Here is my page about transplanting roses with step by step instructions.
In order to handle the thorny rose, you need to protect yourself with some very good rose gardening gloves.
You should only transplant the rose when it's dormant, so then it would be a good time to prune it, so you can handle it.
Since I don't know what type of rose it is, only prune it down by half, max. ok.
If this is an once-flowering rose, a spring pruning will result in NO blooms this summer, as those once blooming varieties only flower on last years growth.
Be sure that all danger of frost is gone before moving the rose, and do all the root-pruning ahead of time per instruction on my transplanting rose page.
Sorry, I am unable to identify a rose without a picture. And even then, it's very hard, with thousands of rose varieties on the market,