When you must transplant a rose bush, the optimal time to move it is while the bush is dormant. If you must move a rose bush while it is actively growing, take care to minimise transplant shock and keep the shrub healthy. Watch the rose bush carefully after moving it during the growing season. If you notice decline, revive wilted roses to ensure that they acclimate to a new growing location and continue to thrive.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Garden hose
Monitor the rose daily after you replant it. If you notice wilting, you must act quickly to care for the rose bush or you may lose it.
Place the garden hose onto the soil beneath the shrub and turn the water on at low pressure. Leave the hose there to water the shrub slowly and deeply until the ground is completely saturated. Turn the hose off after you finish saturating the soil.
Continue watering the rose shrub every day after transplanting. Transplanted rose shrubs need extra water after you move them, especially until you begin seeing new growth. When you notice new foliage, this indicates that the shrub is acclimating successfully to the new growing location. Begin to reduce the watering amount gradually; however, the rose shrub still requires some extra water to enable it to make a strong root structure in the soil.
Tips and warnings
- Watering the rose bush deeply the day before transplant can help prevent post-transplant leaf wilt. Suspend fertilising until after you see new growth on a transplanted rose bush. Fertilising before this time can contribute to moisture problems for the newly transplanted rose bush.
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