From time to time there is a need to move roses in the garden. Sounds simple and in fact it is when some basic rules are adhered to.

First rule is not to let the roses dry out at any stage. There are anti-transpirant products available now which will reduce moisture loss and if a number of plants are to be moved it could be worth investing in this product. If the rose does dry out for any reason give it a deep soak in a large bucket or rubbish bin of water for several hours to regain its moisture levels.

Second rule is hydrating the rose. Again drying out is the major reason for any plant loss and when looking at moving a plant give it a good soak of water so the plant can uptake moisture into its system. It is also a good move to give a good soak to the new soil area to get the moisture into the soil. Not necessary if the plant is being placed into a large pot.

Lastly choose the correct time for moving. It is always best to move during the winter when the plant is dormant and all the leaves have dropped. If you have to move at other times of the year plan for it to occur when there is not too many days of hot weather forecast and if rain is predicted even better. If moving out of winter time it is essential to cut back all top growth by at least 2/3. Moisture loss from the leaves and wood should be reduced as much as possible to keep the plant’s chances of surviving the move as good as possible.

Then the plant has been moved do not fertilise. A deep soak with water will settle the plant into its new location and watering in with the liquid product ‘SEASOL’ is very useful as this product encourages new rose roots to form. Water in after application.

In all water or keeping the plant moist is the main criteria for successful moving.