How to Treat a Rose Bush in Shock

Written by david medairos
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How to Treat a Rose Bush in Shock
Help your roses recover from transplant shock and keep them healthy and happy. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When planting or transplanting roses, there is always the risk of shock. Changes in the quality of soil, temperature, and watering consistency can cause a rose bush to go into shock, which can lead to wilting, stunted growth, or death. Most healthy rose bushes will survive however, if care is taken to provide them with protection and proper watering. Once recovered, your rose bushes should thrive in their new home.

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Things you need

  • Pruning shears
  • Peat moss or mulch

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  1. 1

    Prune back all stems to 1 foot or less. The added weight of long stems can put stress on the supporting roots.

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    Insulate the trunk or "crown" of the bush with peat moss or mulch to keep sudden weather and temperature changes from effecting the roots.

  3. 3

    Water regularly, but avoid using any fertiliser for several weeks, which can burn the roots, especially if they have been planted in new soil.

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