Transplanting bigger rugosa rose

greyandamyFebruary 12, 2012

Hi everyone! I did a search to see if this was posted, I couldn't find it. I'd ideally like to move a rugosa that's about 4 feet wide at base (hard to tell with snow and any suckering).

I dread the job, the thorns, etc. But I don't want to kill this rose. When it's time in my zone (Whenever that is, ground not frozen?), is this possible? Even if it doesn't bloom this year? I know I'd have to cut it down (this is the first year I fenced it so the rabbits wouldn't eat it). Does it have a big taproot? The soil it's in is quite diggable, but I'm sure this would be a project nonetheless. If any advice, please let me know!! (Oh, no clue where to put it either, but that's after this answer). THANKS SO MUCH!


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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

How old is it? My first thought when dealing with moving any largish rose that runs is that you don't really have to move the whole thing. Just find a good, balanced part of it, move that, then kill off the rest.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 4:18PM
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It's maybe 3 years old...well, since it was put in that place. I used to be able to transplant the smaller ones easier. I know they grow fast...

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 5:09PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

I'm with MG. I have transplanted Rugosa with extreme rudeness and they don't seem to care much. I have also chopped off suckers and simply stuck them in slits and almost all survived.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 6:17PM
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seil zone 6b MI

I'm with the rest. Cut it back to a manageable size and dig up a good size root ball and move it where you want it. If you can dig now and the rose is dormant I'd do it and the rose will wake up in its new spot and may not even notice it was moved!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 9:24PM
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Don't worry, its pretty hard to kill a rugosa by digging it up even if you hack it up. Actually you are going to find that you will have numerous baby rugosas trying to grow back from the pieces of roots that you leave behind from the mother plant, I had roots sprout back for 3 years after moving a Hansa once. You're the one that will suffer the most in the move, I highly recommend wearing safety glasses.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 10:53PM
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I once transplanted a 5 ft tall Wasagaming from partial shade to even more shade. It seemed to experience no great shock. A trooper. Early to mid April should be a good time to move a rugosa in your state, just water well for the first week or two.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 9:43PM
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rugosas can handle light shade salt air,frigid temperatures, so plan to move them safely by taking the healthy part of the plant

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 1:12AM
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thanks everyone, I'll prepare my "safety gear" soon

Thanks mysteryrose for the time, I never am sure!!!


    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 3:38PM
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