Moved roses-oops?

bitbitApril 26, 2012

I moved two rose bushes in mid March when the weather was warm-mid 60's- a 15 year old Heritage and a 6 year old Knockout. Of course the weather dipped to 20 degrees at night after that. I haven't seen any growth at all and was wondering if there is hope for them. They had a tiny bit of growth at the time and look like they are in suspended animation. I watered because it was so dry and we finally got some good rain. I'll be patient and just leave them another month. I guess I'm looking for a ray of hope.

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karl_bapst_rosenut(5a, NW Indiana)

They should be fine. The cold weather is causing them to wait a little. A month of average spring temps and rain will cause them to grow normally.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 11:10PM
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strawchicago 5a IL(zone 5a)

You moved your roses just the right time. I moved my Knock-out in June last year. It was bad: lost all the leaves, and it took at least 2 months to grow them back.

My tiny-root 13 bands in the pots were not growing until I gave them SOLUBLE fertilizer. MiracleGro makes a good soluble rose food 18-24-16, with potassium phosphate (less salt). But I would use 1/2 the dose on a recently moved rose.

I get faster growth with Schultz 32-10-10 fast acting water soluble, higher in nitrogen with all the trace elements. You only use 1 teaspoon for 1 gallon of water. This soluble Schultz helps with chlorosis (yellowing) in alkaline soil.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 10:22AM
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Thanks so much for the encouragement. If gardening teaches you nothing else it teaches you patience. I'm willing to wait it out...meanwhile we're supposed to have hard frosts the next 3 nights. All the plants have to be confused.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 7:31PM
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