Yesterday I decided it was time to rescue a few roses while I was shopping to enhance a little rose garden in the backyard. This wasn’t a fancy purchase just two pretty rose shrubs of yellow and pink in 3 gallon buckets.
Transplanting roses is an enjoyable process, you’re giving a fresh start to a plant that’s been trapped in a pot unable to reach its full potential.
Begin by watering the plants once you arrive home because most times they can be pretty dry. Let them sit in the shade and wait till the evening to transplant.
I like temperatures low around 70 when I’m transplanting roses.
Digging and Placement
Choose a spot to plant where direct sunlight is present then dig a hole where you plan to place your rose. You want the roses to go into an already prepared bed.
These roses came in 3 gallon buckets so I dug a hole twice that size.
Once the hole is dug add water and let it sit about 5 minutes before adding your bush. This will tell you what your drainage is like which will help with a water schedule later on. If the ground is already wet you can skip this step.
- Carefully take the plant out of the bucket and gently place it in the hole without disturbing the root system. Normally these plants will be lightly mulched with a dirt mixture covering the root system.
- Place it all in the hole and make sure to fill the gaps with the surrounding dirt you dug up.
- At this point your plant should be secure and ready for some type of mulch or ground cover. This will help keep the moisture in place so you don’t have to water as often when temperatures rise.
What about Mulch?
It’s always best to purchase your mulch in the spring because prices start to hike when the temperatures heat up. I went ahead and added a couple bags and everything looked great.
You can check your local nurseries for similar mulch because I’m guessing this product doesn’t travel very far.
Transplanting roses is as simple as making sure the ground has already been fertilized with the right planting conditions, digging a hole, adding the plant and covering it up.