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Old 03-13-2009, 04:21 PM
Location: Catonsville, MD
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Last spring we planted a small rose cutting, and the spot we chose turns out to be not quite sunny enough. We'd like to transplant it someplace sunnier, but don't want to lose it in the process. When is it best to do this? And is there any particular method that is best for transplanting roses? Thanks for any advice!
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Old 03-13-2009, 05:32 PM
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Now. It's probably just starting to put out new growth. If you move it now, it will stunt it's growth, but only the part you can see. There should still be time to get it settled before the heat of summer sets in. If you don't want to chance it, move it in the fall after the first hard frost.

When you dig it, try not to disturb the roots if possible. Water the ground really well before you dig it out. And water really really well after you transplant it. Give it a good deep soaking every few days if the soil feels dry about 2" down. Use a wooden dowel or your finger to check the moisture.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:00 PM
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I have transplanted roses both in the spring and in the early fall and never had any problems with either times. The best thing to do when you transplant is burry some fish (I use fish heads that we cut off of fish that we catch when we go fishing) in with the roses, be sure to have an few inches of soil over the roots before adding the fish. Or you can water in some fish emoltion(sp?) which you can usually find at a local greenhouse or nursery. Another thing you can burry in with the roses is banana peels and egg shells if you don't want to deal with the fish.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:28 AM
Location: South Carolina
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move it now and dig a big enough hole for it and at the bottom of the hole be sure to put some kind of pourous matierial such as river rocks or busted up clay pieces and then put the rose bush in the hole and fill the hole with water and then cover with dirt and wallah you are done and dont mess with it for about a week . I love roses just dont have a yrd that has room for them .
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