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Beverley14Beverley14 Posts: 9

I'm going to be moving house soon and want to take my roses with me. The only problem is how? They are in bloom at the moment should I cut them back lift and put them in a sack (with or without soil)?  As we are moving 65 miles away will they survive the trip? Any ideas?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556

    If you're selling the house, the roses should stay with it unless you've told the buyers in advance.

    To move them well, I would advise you to water them well and let it soak in and then dig them up with as much root as possible and re-plant in pots using good John Innes 3 compost.   Remove the blooms and half the foliage to reduce stress on the roots and keep them watered, but not soggy, and sheltered from sun and winds till the move.   Then you can care for them in their pots until you have the time to plant them properly in their new home.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Beverley14Beverley14 Posts: 9

    Hi,  thanks for your reply. I was thinking that might be the best solution. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556

    I did this last year as we were moving too - tho I did it before we put the house on the market last Easter so they had all summer to establish in their pots.  We arrived here on October 1st and they are all still in pots as we are only just getting round to creating the first border - blank canvas garden with lots of grass and the odd tree and shrub but no beds!

    The last thing you need after a move is pressure to get plants in quickly.  Much better to have them potted so you can think carefully about their new home and carry out good soil preparation.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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