Transplanting Rose Starts

Anonymous added on September 16, 2017 | Answered

I have 5 rose starts from clippings that will need to be moved to new homes. They were started in May and are still fairly small. They are currently planted under a tree that is going to be cut down and are too close together. When is the best time to relocate them? Do I move them now? Do I leave them where they are at for the winter and move them in the spring? Are they better off being left to grow where they are for a while? I took 26 clippings from my Grandmother's roses before her house was sold. 5 made it. They can't be replaced so I don't want to mess this up.

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Answered on September 17, 2017

They will likely do better once the tree is removed due to the sunlight they will get. I would protect them while the tree is being removed but leave them where they are for now, then only move those you absolutely have to come Spring. Once all danger of frost is passed they could be moved. Prior to digging any of them up to transplant them, water them with some water that has a product called Super Thrive mixed into the water. Then once transplanted, water them in with some water that has both a root stimulater product and Super Thrive mixed into the same water. This will give them the best possible success rate.

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