Transplanting in Winter
I originally posted this in the rose garden section but received no responses. Hope someone can help.
I have a problem...
My new neighbor is clearing her yard of all landscaping to start fresh next spring. There is a rose bush that is over 60 years old and I would like to have a shoot. There are hundreds of them. She is removing the bush next week and we are expected to have snow so I know I can not transplant it into the ground right now. It would not survive.
I have a heated basement but there is very little light. Can I take a shoot, place it in a 5 gallon bucket, and keep it in there until spring of next year?
I'm sure there is other maintanence that needs to be done with it and I am willing to do it. I just need to know what to do since I have to take the shoot now and can't plant it until spring.
1)On the day before you plan to transplant your roses, give them plenty of water, making sure the roots are thoroughly wet; this will protect the roots and help them survive
2) Choose and prepare the ground before hand, making sure the area is in a sunny position. The soil needs to be enriched and nourished with plenty of peat and organic fertilizer.
3) Transplant your roses as soon as you take them from the ground. It is vital that the roots are not subjected to sunlight and dry air. If this isn?t possible, keep the roses in a cool dark place, never expose to sunlight or heat, as this will damage your roses irreparably.
4) When you have successfully transplanted your roses you must water them thoroughly. Roses need constant watering during the growing season especially if they are adapting to new ground. Never let the soil get too dry, especially in the height of Summer.
5) There is no need to add any further fertilizer until you see new growth. If you add fertilizer too soon, before the roots have settled, you risk damaging them. The fertilizer may be too strong for the roots at this time. Remember, your roses have just experienced a traumatic disturbance during transplantation.
Thanks for reading
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