Asked on May 4, 2017

How do I dig up established rose bushes for moving to a new home?

Mam14256848Kathy GuyWilliam


My rose bushes are in bloom and haven't been moved in years. I don't won't to leave them. How will the warmer weather affect them? Please, I need good advice. Thank you.
5 answers
  • Tonya Baize
    on May 4, 2017

    I would try to dig them with a good size root ball on them. Try to trim back as much as you can (any dead limbs or flowers which have already bloomed. When you go to plant them I would use some type of root stimulator mixed in with good soil. Hope this helps.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 4, 2017

    This is the wring time for transplanting,however it would be best for the holes to be pre dug so that when you get there it will be less stress. Do this very early in the am before it gets to hot.Dig wide enough around the bushes making sure the roots are not damaged,wrap them in a wet fabric to aid in stress reduction.When re-planting the only thing to put in the soil is peat moss.No root stimulaters or fertilizer.Do not add more stress by pruning as well.
  • William
    on May 5, 2017

    I agree with Janet. Wear gloves. Tie the branches loosely with rope into a bundle. Dig at least 6" out around the bushes and as deep as the roots go down. Rock the shovel as you dig to loosen the root ball. Wrap the root ball in damp cloth to prevent the roots from drying out. DO NOT fertilize when replanting. Make sure the new hole is larger that the root ball by at least 6". Mix some peat moss with the soil. Plant the bushes so that the crowns (where the branches meet the roots) are even with the ground. Give them a good drink of water initially to remove any air pockets out of the soil. Then just keep the soil moist for about a week for the roots to take hold.
  • Kathy Guy
    on May 5, 2017

    Agree with both Janet and William.
  • Mam14256848
    on May 9, 2017

    worm castings mixed with potting soil dosen't cause stress but helps roots reestablish.
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