While roses are beautiful plants – and beautiful flowers – they do require quite a bit of care so their health, wellbeing, and vigor is assured.
They are sensitive when moved. With appropriate care, there will, though, be little negative impact.
So When Can I Transplant Roses?
Well, the answer to this question is dependent on where it is you are.
In a warmer climate, it can be better to transplant a rose bush in fall. In cooler regions, it’s likely best to transplant roses in spring.
Roses don’t take kindly to being shocked. As such, aim to move your bush (or bushes) while it is dormant. That would be in late winter or in the early springtime.
If you are transplanting in spring, and if there is a threat of frost, wait until any threat is past.
You’ll want the soil to be manageable and frosts don’t allow for that – hard frosts don’t, anyhow.
If you’re transplanting in fall, do so before the first frost arrives.
Transplanting Your Roses
If you’re transplanting a rose bush you should aim to place it in a spot that receives plenty of sunshine. The soil should be enriched with compost or another form of organic matter.
Prepare the planting hole before beginning the transplanting process. Work in lots of compost. Dig the hole 15 inches deep or more and plenty wide enough so that it easily accommodates the rose’s root system.
Again, before transplanting, give the rose to be transplanted plenty of water starting two days before. It’s best to transplant roses, and any other plant for that matter, on a day that is cool and overcast.
How to Transplant Roses
Besides knowing when you should transplant roses, it’s also important to understand how.
After the rose’s home – the hole – has been prepared and once the hole has been thoroughly doused with water, it’s time for relocation.
Dig down 15 inches or so in order to reach below the vast majority of your rose’s root system. You may have to forgo (chop off) a tap root (the thick roots) here and there but that’s okay. The fibrous roots are actually more important.
Dig around the bush so you have plenty of root ball to work with – 15 inches diameter should be fine.
Lift the rootball out carefully, and aim to take as much soil along with the rootball as possible.
Position the rose in its new hole and carefully tease the roots outward. The entire rootball should be below the surface level of the soil.
Dig half the soil back into the hole around the rootball. Water thoroughly. Dig the remaining soil into the hole.
Use your heel to press the soil down firmly so there are little to no air pockets around the root system.
Once the rose is planted give it a hard prune. Remove weak and spindly branches and anything that is diseased.
Continue watering your newly transplanted rose over the next few days to come.
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