Rose and Peony
I have a rose bush and the peony is right behind it. I did not plant them but just found the peony this year. What can I do to move the peony or rose bush?
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These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/how-to-transplant-roses-tips-for-transplanting-a-rose-bush.htm
If your rose bush isn't too large they are fairly easy to move. Make sure you dig wide around it at least 10 inches out from the main stalk all the way around. The larger the rose the further out you have to go to disturb as few roots as possible, Have your spot already dug that you want to move it to, Water it really well for the rest of the summer. As for the Peony the are easy to dig up. Dig around it the same as the rose and loosen the soil around really well as they tend to send roots sideways. I never move peonies in spring or summer. I allways wait till September. I was told by an elderly gent that you only move peonies in the fall and so far that has worked for me. Roses I have moved in the spring and the fall with good results. The trick is to disturb the roots as little as possible and don't do it on a hot sunny day. Good Luck