Transplanting Roses so you Have Strong and Healthy Plants

If you grow roses, expect that at some point, moving them from one location to another will eventually happen.  For instance, transplanting roses might be due to the initial location not providing the bushes adequate sunlight.

Regardless, you want to make sure you choose a place for the roses where they will get six to seven hours of direct sunlight and about five hours of indirect sunlight every day.  That way with proper rose bush care, the bushes would grow strong and produce large, fragrant blooms to enjoy.

Now, before transplanting roses or rose planting, it is imperative that you make proper preparations first.  This means getting the soil ready and the hole where the bushes will be placed.  Roses have what is known as a root ball and if exposed for too long, the bush would die.  In addition to proper soil, you want to make sure the day prior to transplanting roses that they be watered well.  Even with this, once the bush is taken out of the ground, the root ball should be wrapped in a moist cloth or piece of burlap so it stays wet until it goes back into the ground.  Of all steps taken for this process, keeping the root ball moist is one of the most imperative.

Keep the root ball well hydrated to ensure transplanting roses to a new home is successful.  Typically, following a few simple steps will make the movement easy but even with this you might have a plant die, which is common.  Often, the younger or weaker bushes would have a more difficult time so while
no one wants to lose roses during transplanting, it could happen.  As mentioned, the hole of the new home would need to be an appropriate size so the root ball fits, giving the bushes the best chance of thriving and producing large, colorful blooms.

As far as pruning, usually, transplanting roses would not involve any type of pruning until later on.  To keep pruning needs to a minimum, just be sure the root ball you dig up is kept intact.  From there, the bush would be set into the ground carefully.  Now, the exception is that if you were to notice a bush showing signs of damage or any portion of the plant starting to die, pruning might be required but we suggest this be minimal.

As you set the rose bushes into the soil, make sure the top of the bushes have adequate support so blooms can grow big and strong.  If for any reason, the plant starts to look wilted or weak after being moved, you may need to cut the top portion back.  Then, when placing the bud union in the ground when transplanting roses, always keep it about two inches above the rim of the hole.  Over the following week as the bushes are watered, the soil will naturally start to settle and along with the soil, the bud union would fall into place.  At that time, push soil around the plant’s base, covering the roots and giving the rose bush support at the bottom.

While the best time of year for transplanting roses is when the bush is dormant, if you are moving from one home to another, you may not have luxury of waiting for dormancy.  The reason this is so helpful is that when rose bushes are dormant, they are in a state of rest, meaning they are not growing.  Therefore, transplanting roses at this time keeps the plant from going into shock or even dying.

In addition, if you have the chance to move the plant while dormant, chances are pruning needs would be decreased.  The bottom line is that for transplanting roses, you want to have healthy soil, a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball, keeping the root ball well watered, providing the plant with support, and choosing a location with proper sunlight.

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