Transplanting Rose Bushes

How To Transplant Mature Roses

Transplanting rose bushes can be a bit tricky and stressful for the rose plant, so you need to do it the right way, so the rose survives the transplant.

I will show you how to transplant roses successfully step by step so the rose won't get too stressed out and die.

Always transplant roses on a calm, overcast day on which rain is in the forecast.

Beating sun and wind can wreck havoc with newly planted roses, drying them out quickly.

Make sure the rose bush is well hydrated.

Water well two to three days before to make sure the rose is up for transplanting.

It's best to transplant rose bushes while they are dormant, or just coming out of dormancy.

Be sure to have the new location prepared with the hole dug at least 2 feet wide and deep.

Use organic compost especially for roses to fill in the new hole when planting it.

When Is A Rose Too Big To Transplant?

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There are two rules to use when deciding if a rose can be transplanted successfully.

First is its size. Keep in mind that the roots extend about as far as the foilage do.

So if the the rose bush you want to transplant is huge and wide-branching, it is not a good candidate for transplanting.

To determine how deep to dig, figure on digging as deep as the spread of the branches.

The exception is a rose that was planted a year or so ago.

In that case, the roots have probably only grown a foot or so beyond the original container, or planting hole if you planted it bare root then.

Huge rose bushes that are long established are best left where they were planted, because they most likely will not survive a transplant.

Stuff You Will Need
For Transplanting Rose Bushes

Here are the stuff you need for transplanting rose bushes: Organic Root Stimulator, Transplant Liquid, a Spade, Plastic Tarp, A Friend if the rose is too large.

How To Transplant Roses
Step by Step

1: Move only those rose bushes that you, or you and a friend, can dig up and handle.

Put on sturdy pruning gloves to protect your hands and fore-arms from thorns.

Start by digging a circle around the dripline - the reach of the outermost branches.

2: Dig the hole as deep as you dug wide. Remove the rose bush with as much of the root ball intact as possible.

3: Roll or drag the root ball onto a tarp. Handle the main stem as little as possible to keep it from snapping.

4: Drag the tarp to the rose's new location and plant it.

Create a a moat around the rose bush to hold water so it won't run off (see the image above). You'll want to deep water the root ball.

Keep it well watered for several weeks until it starts sending out new growth.


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