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Transplanting a Rose Bush

Anonymous added on May 31, 2011 | Answered

I have inherited a 100+ year old rose bush in northern Ohio (family heirloom). It has been pruned, so it's not too big. I live in southern Florida. Will a rose bush used to Ohio survive in southern Florida? To transport the bush from Ohio to FL, should I just place the root ball and adjoining soil in a planter to move? Any special requirements?

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Nikki
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Answered on June 1, 2011

Moving a rose bush that old is tricky. They are very, very susceptible to transplant shock and going in a car for that long will not help the matter. I am just telling you so that you are aware that it may not make it no matter how careful you are..but these articles will help you do the very best you can for it during the move: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/transplanting-roses.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

Also, you will want to start cuttings, just in case it does not make it. That way you will not completely lose such a valuable heirloom. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/roses-from-cuttings.htm

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