Best time to move a rose bush

sillygoosie(z6 NJ)March 13, 2009

Hi all,

We have a big rose bush which we want to move to another part of our yard. What would be the best time to do this ? Also do I need to, in anyway, prepare the soil where I intend to move it. All and any help is appreciated. Thanks,

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roseman(Z 8A GA)

Actually, you can move a rose bush anytime of the year as long as the ground is not frozen, but since it is or about to be spring in your area, move it during the time you would normally prune. I think for that, the normal rule of thumb is when the Forsythia blooms. Aerating the soil is fine, but just be sure to water it in well. Don't add any fertilizer yet. The best time to fertilize is when the new leaves are the size of the first joint on your pinky finger.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 10:21AM
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cecily(7 VA)

I'd move it this weekend. Try to get as large a root ball as possible and water well, it should transplant with minimal shock since it isn't actively growing yet. Adding compost/organic matter/mulch is always nice but if you don't have any on hand, move the rose ASAP and top dress with organics later.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 10:34AM
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pfzimmerman(6/7 Upstate SC)

We did a video on this that might help

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    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 11:35AM
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alameda/zone 8

I once had to move a bunch of roses to a new bed in July in Texas. Figured most would die, but had to do it. The main thing I did was water daily. They thrived and did just great and I believe it was the steady doses of water that was instrumental in their surviving and prospering. I would definitely move your rose as soon as you can, its better when they are dormart or nearly so.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 12:41PM
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sillygoosie(z6 NJ)

Hi all,

Thanks for the advice. I had just enough time to prune the rose bush yesterday but will have to wait till this weekend to move it. Hope it won't be too late.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 9:30AM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

It is not too late. You can move a rose at any time, it is just easier to do it now before the soil warms up. I still don't have forsythia close to blooming here (Monmouth County), but some of my plants are starting to leaf out. I didn't do any pruning this past weekend, I won't get a chance to until the end of the month in any case.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 9:59AM
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Instead of moving the root ball, I just try to move the large roots, carefully digging them out of the soil. A plastic plastic shovel avoids damaging them. I just moved a Carefree Delight--instead of moving an 16" root ball, I moved lots of 2 foot roots, for a root system four feet in diameter. Last year I moved a large Rose de Rescht--it didn't miss a beat. The CD is around the practical limit to what I can move--it took three hours to dig it out of the ground.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 11:55AM
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