How to transplant an adult rose to a new location


Gardeners sometimes have to transplant not only young plants but also those that have been gracing the plot for more than one year.

And there can be different reasons for this. In this article, we will tell you how to properly transplant roses to another place in the garden.

Roses are considered to be rather capricious flowers, but this does not mean that they need to be dusted off and in any case not transplanted. If the need arises, even an adult plant can be moved to another place. But there are some rules to consider.

When should roses be transplanted?

The most suitable time to transplant roses in early spring and early autumn (late August to mid-September). Late fall is not the best time for this procedure, since a rose that has not been transplanted may not survive the winter well.

If you have no other choice, you can transplant the rose from place to place in the summer as well (always on a cloudy day). But in that case, you will have to severely prune the bush. If the plant is quite tall, you need to shorten the shoots to 40-50 cm and remove the old ones completely. When transplanting a small bush, you need to prune only the young immature shoots.

Instructions on how to transplant a large or old rose

The growing conditions of the rose in the new place should be as close to the previous place as possible so that the plant is less stressed. The new habitat of the rose can be different only if the current one is absolutely not suitable for it. But the site should definitely be protected from the wind. And note that roses do not like deep shade and soil that stagnates moisture.

Carefully prepare the planting hole: remove all weed roots, put drainage at the bottom, fill the hole with fertile soil (you can add compost), and leave it for 2-3 weeks so that the soil settles a little. After that, proceed to dig up the bush.

Try to dig up the rose according to the crown projection – with as large a root ball as possible. To make it easier to do this, water the soil under the shrub generously beforehand. Then the soil will be less likely to crumble. To make it easier to approach the sprawling plant, tie its shoots with a tight rope.

Dig a trench around the perimeter of the bush and gradually deepen it until you have a fairly deep ditch. Then tie the ground clod with any cloth or plastic wrap and continue to trench under the base of the bush. If the plant’s overly long roots prevent you from getting the clod, chop them off with a sharp spade blade. With proper care in the new place, they will quickly recover. Only before planting, it is advisable to cover the cut places with charcoal.

If the bush is very large, put a sturdy and fairly long object (such as a crowbar) under its base and, using it as a lever, pull the plant out. Carefully place the bush on a previously spread-out cloth and drag it to its new location. Tie twine around the clump to prevent it from falling apart.

If the rose is to be “relocated” far away (to another site, for example), the clod should be wrapped with damp burlap to prevent the roots from drying out.

Place the rose in the planting hole so that the bush, covered with earth, is at the same level as it was in its former location. Remove the strapping from the clump after you have filled half of the hole with soil. Then water the soil, wait for it to soak in, and then fill the planting hole to the brim and water again. If the soil settles, add a little extra soil to make sure there are no air bubbles around the rose’s roots.

When transplanting a large rose bush, use 1.5 to 2 buckets of water.

This method is suitable if you are looking for an answer to the question of how to transplant a tea rose, as well as any bush form.

In the first month after transplanting, the plant should be watered regularly but moderately and shaded during bright sun. Daily spraying of the crown is also recommended in spring and summer. After transplanting, roses should not be disturbed for several years so that they can adapt to their new location.

How to transplant a blooming rose?

If you want to transplant a rose during flowering, you will have to sacrifice beauty in the current year, because all the flowers and buds should be removed from the bush. This is to ensure that the rose gets acclimated well in the new place and all its forces are directed to the restoration of the root system, and not to the formation of flowers.

In addition, the roots should be handled with the utmost care and the least possible trauma should be avoided and even the long roots should be saved. Otherwise, the technology of transplanting does not differ from the above described.

How to transplant a climbing rose and climbing rose?

When transplanting these plants, you also need to take into account some peculiarities. The first thing to do is to remove the shoots from the support. In Ramblers retain all shoots of the current year, and at the end of August (if transplanting is carried out in spring), their tops are pruned so that the branches become woodier. Remove all shoots older than two years as soon as they finish flowering.

When transplanting claiming, it is best to shorten all long shoots by 1/2 or 1/3, otherwise, you will have difficulty transporting the plant to another location.

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As you can see, transplanting an adult rose is quite a time-consuming process, but still possible. And with proper care, your queen of the flower bed will bloom no worse than before.

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