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Transplanted 80 year old rose

hi, I dug up an 80 year old rose in an overgrown idle garden. There is actually a root of a tree grown around the root of the rose! I can't even see the roots of the rose but I didn't know about the tree root til I had the rose dug up. I know it blooms every year as I used to see it in the garden as I passed by in summer. The tree was cut down years ago and the stump was left just under the ground. Anyway, now the rose looks completely dead. I replanted it in good soil, watered it well & fed it with miracle grow. The rose is almost 6ft tall but leaves were only on the top of it. The bottom part is green and looks very alive. I'm wondering if I should give it a chance or prune it or what? Anyone have any ideas. This rose has sentimental value. any help would be really welcome. Thank you


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,933

    How long ago did you dig up the rose? If just a few days ago I would suggest you try and get some cuttings off it and hope that they strike.

    Any 80-year old living thing will not respond well to being moved to a new home and I doubt if it will survive.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Thank you pansyface. If I take cuttings, do I use rooting powder and also should I leave them outside or in a green house?

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,933

    Everybody has different ideas about cuttings. Is it a climber or a rambler or a shrub rose? I'd look for a non-flowering stem that's about half a centimetre thick and about 30 cms or more long. Snap it off its parent stem, making sure that you have a little "heel" of the parent stem. Trim the cutting to about 20 cms or so long, cutting just above a bud. Pull back and remove all the leaves except the top one.

    At this point people differ in what they do so, if you have enough cuttings, you can try different things. I don't use rooting compound, I use saliva. I stick the cutting in my mouth, find a bit of garden that doesn't get stepped on or hoed or dug up and I push the cutting into the ground so that half of it is buried. I then ignore it for a year.

    Other people will have other suggestions I am sure.

    Good luckimage

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Thank you very much. Really appreciate your help

  • Thank you Tetley. As Pansyface also suggested cuttings, I'm going to take cuttings and leave the rose as is and hope for the best. 

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