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Climbing Rose Moving ????‽‽‽?

JohnnypJohnnyp Posts: 71
Morning all , please can I have some opinions on the chances of moving a climbing rose (Galway bay) within the next few weeks ? I know that this sort of thing should be done during the winter when the weather is also frost free . The said rose is in my mother's garden and looks beautiful, unfortunately it looks like my mother's house will have to be sold due to illness and moving into care home but would love to take this rose back home to my garden . Any thoughts and advice on how best to do this would be greatly appreciated.  Many thanks 😊 


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,644
    Nothing venture, nothing gain. If it's really not possible to move the rose during the winter months then you have no alternative.

    First prepare the ground in your garden, dig a big hole and water it. Then water the rose really well. Prune the top of the rose so that it will fit in your car. This also means that the roots won't have so much to feed as it settles in, but don't prune it right down as it needs leaves in the summer. Dig it up taking as much earth as you can around it and wrap it in plastic compost bags or big bin bags. Take it home and plant it carefully into you hole disturbing the roots as little as possible. Give it a large can full of water. Then give it a can full of water every week until it has settled in.

    Good luck.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • JohnnypJohnnyp Posts: 71
    Hi Busy  Thank you so much for your advice , I shall follow what you say and mabe i will  be lucky ,would  love for it to survive  :)
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,110
    Maybe when you cut it back, plant those cuttings, just in case, as a safety net? 
  • JohnnypJohnnyp Posts: 71
    Good idea  :)
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,834
    Sorry about your mum. 

    Galway Bay is a really beautiful rose and I hope you manage to save it following Busy Lizzie's advice.
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,834
    P.s. know it won't be quite the same but Trevor White do sell it if you need to replace it. I just bought one and it's arrived in perfect condition.
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