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Moving a climbing rose

Hi all we had an old lilac tree that has been blown down by Dennis the menace and all his mates 😭 Last year we planted a climbing rose at the base and it's done well with plenty of 8ft canes growing strongly. Would I be able to move this now ? I have other trees it could go under of if it's a big no I can build a temporary frame till a better time. All advice greatly accepted 


  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,390
    edited February 2020
    You could, but you’d be best to cut it back considerably to make its move easier. Top growth doesn’t want to be too big for the roots which will obviously be greatly reduced in the process of digging up and moving it.

    The best time would be Autumn/early winter because that gives the longest period of dormancy while the roots are getting established in their new position. But as long as it’s before they’re in active growth then it’s not too late. You’d just have to be extra attentive with watering to help it along as it won’t have had as long to reestablish before summer.

    Especially if it’s near a tree!

    Is this a rambling rose? What variety is it?

    East Yorkshire
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    Hi Mr. Vine Eye yes it's a climbing iceberg it's been planted for a year so established but it's not really long-term. We have some pergolas and all the climbers we've tried have died maybe it'll be better there without competition. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,150
    You should have until the end of March to move it. It should be fine. Don't put it where other roses have been unless you change the soil in the planting hole, especially if other roses have died there. Keep it watered in the first year. But give it a hard prune before you dig it up. Also be aware that the earth can be dry and poor at the base of trees and the rose will be in shade or dappled shade.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    Thanks busy Lizzie it's coming out this weekend to live under a pergola hopefully it will settle and climb up with profussion of flowers, well I can dream 😃
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