Friday, December 30, 2011
Transplanting a climbing Rose
Sometimes I will take cuttings in case I lose the plant I'm moving. You can take cuttings in fall or early spring before new leaves start to break out. Cut a 9" pencil size new stem not using the flimsy tip of that cane with buds that are close together and about 6 buds so you can put 3 buds below the soil level and 3 above. Dig a hole about 6" deep in good well drained soil and in a morning sun area only. Put the stem in so that 3 buds are below and 3 above and take off any leaves except for a couple top leaves. Water well and don't let them dry out. Take several cuttings so you are sure to have some that take and some may not.
Now back to moving the climber. Prepare the hole first and dig a 2' deep and 1 1/2' wide hole , prepare compost and processed manure mixture for the hole and mound the center for the roots of the rose to spread over. Now cut back the canes of the climber by 1/3 to healthy outside buds at a 45 degree angle and cut out any unhealthy, old canes or crossing canes. Now dig the rose up and dig deep to get as much of the roots as possible. Try not to disturb the roots as much a possible, roses can be temperamental to move. Spread the roots over the cone of soil and fill in the hole with the good soil you have prepared. The soil level should be at the bud union at the base of the rose. Make a water catching well around the outside of the soil and water well and keep well watered.
I can't wait to get out there and move my rose, I still have leaves on my roses right now. I think maybe mid January I may get to move it. Here is a photo of my Constance Spry rose on the other side of the arbor, I don't have a photo of Cecil Brunner because it's just never bloomed much. I hope to get a great photo this summer to post providing all goes well with transplanting. Good luck! and Happy New Year! Happy Gardening! Time to start planning the garden, oh I'm getting excited now. I took a break from posting but I will be posting much more now that the holidays are over. I hope everyone had a great holiday.