Gardeners have various reasons to transplant roses. Whether you are moving an existing plant to a better location, or want to remodel your garden, knowing how to transplant them is critical to their survival. To help you transplant roses here is a few things to consider and understand before you start your project.
Understand that the sun can dry a root ball in a short period of time so preparing the soil before you transplant your roses is a smart thing to do. If you have to travel with your rose plant, you need to dampen a piece of burlap to cover the roots. The day before you plan to transplant your rose water it well and keep the root system moist. This will help the rose in transplanting and keeping it from becoming dried out.
Since roses grow very long roots where they grow, you may not be able to remove the entire root system. You can trim the roots if necessary in order to transplant. Keep in mind that a rose plant has a better chance of surviving transplanting when it has absorbed plenty of water.
Try to get as much of the root ball as you can when digging it up. There is no need at this time for pruning the top of the rose to ensure the survival of a healthy plant. In fact, pruning at this time may only cause the plant problems by stunting the production of the sugars it requires for healthy growth. If your plant begins to wilt after being transplanted, it is telling you that it is having difficulties supporting its uppermost portions. If this occurs, water the plant and then prune the wilting or drying tips from the plant.
You can add a cup full of bone meal at the bottom of the hole before you transplant your rose. Since the plant will settle into the soil, you should place it just a bit higher at ground level than it was growing before being transplanted. placing the bud union approximately one to two inches above the ground level is a good idea. You should then water the plant and allow it time to settle into the soil. Then firmly yet gently press the plant down to help remove any air pockets in the soil after transplanting the rose.
It is unwise to transplant a rose during its growing season. It’s best for you to transplant in winter or early spring during the dormant season, this will minimized putting the rose in shock and is an ideal time to transplant to a new location. After an annual pruning the plant is smaller and easier to handle to transplant so you may want to accomplish your pruning at this time as well.
Follow these easy guide lines to transplant roses and keep your roses healthy and beautiful in your garden. Even if you must move them to another area of your yard, your roses will still continue to produce beautiful flowers for you.
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