Move Rose Bush

I want to dig up and move some rose bushes. Is March the best time and what do I need to do other than prune them back to get them to live. thanks Margaret
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

"Hi,

Thanks for writing. In your area, early spring or late fall are the best times to try to move roses.

Keep as much of the root system intact as you can when you move your plant; the less damage to the roots, the quicker your plant will recover and begin to thrive.

After you move it, keep it well watered --- it will be more susceptible to drought or dry conditions for several months after transplanting. Spreading a couple of inches of mulch over the top of the soil around the plant should help, too -- it will keep the soil temperatures cooler and help the ground stay moist longer.

Good luck!

---Justin
Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
Better Homes and Gardens "


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