What is the best way to shift my rose?

Q.

I need to shift a rose bush. How is the best way to do it? I know it’s not the right time of the year but I am shifting house and want to take it with me.

Sylve Hauiti

A.

Hi Sylvie, the best time of year to move a rose is winter when it is dormant. Depending when it has to be moved, start feeding it with Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic now every 7 days at 70-100ml/9L watering can, this will reduce transplant shock. It depends how long the rose has been in the ground for but cut it back hard to about 3-5 buds (or nodes) from the graft at ground level, dig around the rose at around 25-30cm from the base in a circle to approximately a spade depth. Make sure the container you are planting into is big enough to take the root ball, and water in well. Keep using Seaweed Plant Tonic once it is transferred.

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