Transplanting a Josephs Coat Rose

by Terrill Byrd
(Vacaville, CA, USA)

QUESTION: I have an established Josephs Coat Rose that I need to move. It has outgrown it's spot and I have chosen another. I live in Vacaville CA and would like to know when and how to transplant it as it never goes dormant on me. Thank you for your help.
Terrill Byrd
ANSWER: Hello Terrill,
The first thing you should do is making it go dormant. The way to do that is to remove all the leaves, and I mean every single leaf. If you leave even one leaf it will not go dormant.

Wait a week and then prune the shorter flowering stems growing from the long arching canes. Prune those shoots down to about 3 inches long.

Then remove a couple of the least productive long canes from the base using a pruning saw.
Also cut off any spindly and diseased wood.
Prepare the new spot and dig a hole 2-3 feet wide and deep.
Then you should dig up the Josephs Coat climber using the drip line as a guide.
The rose will loose plenty of feeder roots, so get some transplant liquid to prevent shock.

Use a tarp and protect the rose root ball from the sun. Wrap some wet burlap or such around it.
Here is my page about transplanting roses.
Good luck with it. Some roses don't do well for quite some time after the move, so don't expect a lot from it this season.
Happy Rose Gardening,

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