TRANSPLANTING A ROSE TO A BIGGER POT
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t was a beautiful sunny 70 degrees weather today and after sweeping some leaves off my patio, I decided it was a perfect day to transplant some roses. Two of my potted roses were still in a very small container. I bought a Cramoisi Superieur from Chamblee Roses this spring and won a Caldwell Pink as a door prize at one of the meetings of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society. These two roses are good candidates for bigger pots or planted in the ground. I lived in a townhouse now and have a small plot so the next best thing I could think of was transplanting the rose into a bigger pot.
I did my transplanting the simple way. I used Scott Moisture Control Potting Mix. It’s a bit expensive than mixing your own but it is convenient and ready to go. I lined my pot with paper towel. Sometimes I used coffee filter on the bottom before I put the potting mix. I sprinkled some Epsom salt and Mills Magic to the mix, added a banana peel, a tablespoon of Osmocote and then transfer the rose plant from the small pot to the bigger pot. I added more soil around the plant, tamped it a little bit, gave it plenty of water, added more soil up to the same level as in the old pot, watered it again and there it was. Done!
Caldwell Pink is one of the Earthkind Roses, a polyantha and should do very well. Cramoisi Superieur is a medium red China. I had Cramoisi Superieur in New York but it died the first winter. So hopefully it will do fine in Zone 8.