Wild Roses
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Transplanting established & how deep do the roots grow?

Zone 49866 | CathyGustafson added on June 25, 2018 | Answered

Hello! First let me exclaim how excited I am to find your site and informtaion! I am considering transplanting some wild rose bushes. How deep do their roots typically grow? The answer will determine if the wild rose will fit my need in it's new "home" When is the best time to transplant and how is the best way to do so? I will be moving them from one plot to another. Thank you, in advance, for your time and expertise! Kind regards, Cathy

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 26, 2018

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Trim foliage and stems back to 12 to 18 inches. This minimizes water loss during transplanting and reduces stress to the plant.

Dig around the base of the plant with a spade or garden fork. Begin 12 to 18 inches from the base of the rose and dig to a depth of 10 to 12 inches. Work your way around the bush until you have loosened the soil on all sides.

Slide the spade or fork under the roots and lift the entire plant free of the soil.

Place the plant in a bucket and moisten the roots. Place damp newspapers over the roots and keep in shaded area until planting. Plant as soon as possible after digging.
Prepare a bed for the wild rose in an area that receives partial to full sun. Dappled sun is ideal.

Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Add 2 to 4 cups of well-rotted manure or compost and mix in well with the soil.

Pour a gallon of water into the hole and allow to drain.

Plant the rose bush in the hole to the original planting depth. Spread roots over the soil and fill in around roots with your hands. Firm down to secure the plant.

Water to moisten the soil to the root level and keep moist until new growth appears. Reduce water to once a week.

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CathyGustafson
Answered on June 26, 2018

THANK YOU!
This is extremely helpful and everything I needed to know
Gratefully,
Cathy

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