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Moving a rose plant...

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Moving a rose plant...

by 3 years ago
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I would like some guidance on moving rose plants. After a complete renovation of our new home we are ready to tackle the garden. We have six fabulous David Austin roses which to be honest have been neglected for many years so it's amazing how well they still perform! We would like to move them but am not sure where to start... just dig up and move? As they are also really leggy any advice on how hard to prune back would also be very welcome. Many thanks! 

MM
3 years ago
Hello Annie Roses move remarkably well, I've heard of 30 year old ones being moved and growing away very well and now is still just a good time. It sounds as though they probably haven't been pruned properly for some time so I suggest cutting them down hard to 12"/30cm or so. that might sound brutal but they will move better, be easier to handle and should encourage them to send up some lovely new shoots from the base. Prepare the ground in the new position adding some soil improver or well rotted organic matter before digging up the roses. When you dig up the roses you will probably find little in the way of roots and the soil will drop off but don't worry about that just be sure to keep the roots damp at all times. Plant them with the bud union about 2"/5cm below ground level. Give them a good watering and stand back to watch them grow away. They are often better for the move. I hope this helps Michael
AO
3 years ago
Wow, thanks for that comprehensive guide Michael, really appreciate it!

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