As I decided that a rose would move, I cut it back the week before it was to be dug up hoping this would give it some time to adjust to the idea. I picked my day of spring break, got up early and I dug up thirty roses. When I trimmed them, I had carefully gone through each plant deciding just how far back it was to be cut off. I was trimming them back farther than I really like, but as I was digging them up I realized that I had not cut them back nearly enough to make their transportation easy. The first roses I dug up were probably two feet tall above the ground. Those first roses with their generous size were packed and loaded, but quickly I began making a second cut to about a foot tall as they were loaded up.
|Notice the sucker being sent out from the roots. This will expand the size of the plant when it emerges.|
The list of the roses that made the move:
Jude The Obscure
William Shakespeare 2000
Rhapsody In Blue
Moore's Striped Rugosa
Small plants potted up and ready to move on day one.
To be Cut Back and Moved after the Spring Bloom
Climbing Rainbow's End
Red Moss Rambler
Only a rose nut would even consider this much work.