Transplanting Roses

Episode: 1
Title: Transplanting Roses
Broadcast: 23 August
Presenter: Trevor

One shrub you should consider moving now if you have them in the wrong place is the rose. Trevor is changing a rose garden bed around and changing the whole face of his main entrance garden at home. Tune in for the best way to successfully transplant a rose.

  • Whilst they are growing slowly the truth is roses never really become fully dormant and unlike deciduous trees which can take the root system being cut back hard, roses are a whole different story and they must be treated much more carefully.
  • Dig every rose carefully, wrap the root ball in hessian and soak the root ball and soil in a bucket of Seasol. It doesn’t matter what kind of rose you have, the wrapping element is vitally important.
  • The wrapped soaked root ball can be gently eased into a hole only big enough to allow the plants new roots in.
  • this garden soil has been improved with a brilliant new compost and clay product called compost plus. Its fantastic for holding moisture longer in the soil, something that will be vitally important to the roses as they establish.
  • Once the roses have been planted soak the soil again with Seasol.
  • Don't feed the plants for at least 6 weeks. By then the soil will be drying and the roses roots will be moving quickly through the soil. Because its been improved the roses will recover quickly.
  • Its vital you only use Seasol, this will stimulate new root growth, reducing the impact of any transplant shock and the principle applies to any tree or shrub you move in your garden. If you do this, improve the soil, ideally by adding a clay product like Soil Solver and keep the water up, you cannot afford to let the soil dry out at any point, you will see all your roses, 100% of them survive and take off in their new home.
  • Once they start showing signs of growth its time to feed them now is the time to use a liquid organically based food like powerfeed, its gentle which supports the initial foliage and root growth and this means your roses will be a bit smaller by late November but not that far behind where they were the year before. Flower production will be down but ultimately the roses will recover and get back to their former glory.

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