You can transplant a rosebush with relative ease in late winter or early spring when the plant is dormant. Although I have transplanted rose at all season. Even if it’s a few years old, I have moved my rose bushes whenever I have the time or the mood strikes me unless it is too hot to tackle the job. Moving a mature climber or rambler will prove quite difficult, of course, given the size of the growth and the number of branches.
Whatever kind of rose it is, transplanting a rose is a task best performed in early spring or late winter before the plant has begun its new growth. The absolutely necessary first step is to cut back the top growth of the plant, drastically pruning away the branches, cutting off the dead stems and also cutting off a good part of the fibrous root mass. There are times when roses are not too happy at their present location and moving them to another part of the garden or in a container is probably the best thing for them. Be sure to cover the roots with fresh soil, full of humus, tamping it down all around the plant. I give them a half cup of Epsom salt, a banana peel, half a trowel of Mills Magic Mix, good potting mix (I used Miracle Gro Moisture Control), sprinkle some Osmocote around the plant and then water them generously. Repeat the watering over the following days. I don’t notice them experiencing any transplant shock and the roses seem to recover quickly and seem happy at their new home.
Contrary to popular belief, roses are easy plants to grow. Unless you are a rose exhibitor where you aim to have the perfect rose, you don’t have to practice the most complicated task to grow roses. Roses have been around for millions of years and have survived in cemeteries and abandoned lots with benign neglect. All they need are food, water and sunlight. Just like you and me.
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