I want to move three roses from the front to the back garden which are many years old - will I kill them if I try to move them?
Hi again spinny. Roses move a lot more easily than your hellebore but again it is best done in Oct/Nov. Cut off the bulk of the top growth, dig deeply around the rose and move it to new position. Keep well watered.
Thanks - so do i try to keep as much of its soil as possible? Just wondered because the soil it is in is thick clay, been like that for 50 years, never been improved apart from when my parents threw the odd bit of compost on the garden, but i am creatinf a brand new bed with new compost - would the change of soil be a bad idea do yiu know?
Try to keep as much soil around the root ball as possible. Give the rose a good watering before moving too. The change of soil won't have any affect on the rose. They do like heavy soils though so the clayey soil around the roots will aid the settling in process.
ThankYou. as a novice gardener you do wonder about this clay soil and assume its a bad thing - just hope i don't damage the roots! Will get help to dig out.
Clay soils can be sticky and difficult but in terms of nutrients etc they are very good. Adding sharp sand or grit can help to open them up. They also keep moisture for longer and as long as the drainage is improved they are - after the perfect loam soil - one of the best for growing things in.
I broke all all the rules when I found a forgotten and very poorly Gertrude Jekyll under a tree.
about three weeks ago I dUG it up, trying to take as big a rootball as I could but my soil all fell away
i transferred it immediately into a hole prepared with some rose feed and prayed. my prayers have been answered and it is sprouting away. I doubt it will flower this year but I have saved it.
just goes to show sometimes you can get away with things
i've just dug up a climbing rose and put it in a pot and it withered a bit on the ends but seems fine.