Tips For Transplanting A Rose Bush
I am Annelie, and I decided to make a submission about transplanting roses to my RRS feed on my web site about rose gardening.
Since many of you are thinking, or planning, to transplant a rose bush, I would like to give you some tips that will help your transplanted rose survive the move.
Of course, the best time to transplant a rose bush is when it's dormant.
However, most roses aren't dormant now, it's late April, so you need to be extra careful when digging up the bush.
The first thing you should do is to water the rose you would like to transplant, really well, several days in advance.
Soak the ground thoroughly.
This will make it easier to dig up the rootball and it will also hydrate the rose.
The next thing you do is select a new site, if you haven't done so already.
The new site should have good drainage, and receive a minimum of 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sun each day.
Now is the time to soak the new site several days before digging up the rose for the move.
Things you need to have on hand to move the rose are: 2 strong shovels, one with a flat edge, and a regular one for digging, a plastic tarp for dragging the dug up rose to the new location, a wheel barrow, transplant liquid to prevent transplant shock, organic compost, bone meal, epson salt and pruning gloves to protect your hands and arms from the thorns, and a large piece of burlap, and a buddy to help you.
Before digging up the rose, dig the new hole, about 2 feet wide and deep, it should accommodate the rootball and have enough room on the sides for new feeder roots to grow.
Put the backfill in a wheelbarrow and mix in the organic compost to at least 50%, bonemeal and epson salt (half a cup each).
When the ground isn't soggy any more and workable, start digging up the rose by first using the flat edged shovel.
Position the flat edged shovel at an angel and dig down under the root ball around the entire bush.
When you have totally dug under the root ball, grab the main cane and tilt it so you can put the burlap (wet it before hand) under the root ball.
Now is the time for your buddy to help you lift the bush, by grabbing the burlap edges.
Put the dug up rose on the plastic tarp or in a wheel barrow if it's going for a long ride.
Place the rose in it's new hole, minus the burlap, and position it so it's at groundlevel.
After correcting the soil level, and adding the amended backfill and transplant liquid, tamp down the soil gently to get rid of air pockets.
After planting, create a soil basin around the plant to hold water.
Then water thorougly
Until the new feeder roots grow out into the surrounding soil you have to treat it like it's in a pot.
That means you have to water is deeply, so the water reaches the bottom of the rootball every other day, or if it's very hot, every day.
Add a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the transplanted rose bush.
Wait at least three weeks before fertilizing the plant.
Happy Rose Gardening