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Rose murderer ??

Hi guys. 

I've been following these boards for a long time without anything of note to post, however i have a question. I have a white bush rose which is reliably one of my favourite plants in the garden, the problem is i am about to deck the area in which it lives (end of july start of august). In order to put the foundations for the deck down i need to dig up said rose. As i don't want to lose the rose would it survive digging up and potting up in july or am i about to murder my favourite plant. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. 


  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    I've moved roses in the growing season and they've all survived, prune back, dig up as much of rootball as poss, are you planting temporarily in a pot or moving to it's new home? either way add microrrhizal funghi to roots,add plaenty of good compost/ well rotted manure, kepp well all rest of summer  watered, it should be fine by next summer, good luck, let us know

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    ooh, I've sprayed all my roses with seaweed spray liberally to leaves every week or two this year and I've had best display so far

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,249

    As rosemummy has said, I'd cut it right back to about 12" and take out as much rootball as you can. When re planted keep it well watered for the rest of the season and you should be able to carry on enjoying your rose for many years

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thank you rosemummy, iam going to take some cuttings as a back up anyway so i shall just prune it back hard and pot it up using the prunings as cuttings. It will be potted up until next spring as redesigning the whole garden over the dorment season.  Hopefully it will survive. 

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    ggod idea, I have grown 2 seccessful cuting of 'new dawn' and 1 is looking promising of 'gertrude jekyll' ...I have no room for these, I just wanted to see if I could do it!!

  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849

    Apologies for bobbing in, but may I ask Rosemummy, what seaweed spray you used? is it the liquid  type you dilute and put in a hand sprayer?

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