Recently Michael’s long time best friend & his wife bought a super cute house. Along one side of the house were six huge and gorgeous rosebushes. Luckily for me, they hated them! I seriously have zero clue why. They are pink, which is not my absolute favorite, but the height and amount of blooms on these bushes is amazing. So I told them if they didn’t want them I would come dig them out ((read: Michael will dig them out and will attempt to help)). So when they text us asking us if we were serious we jumped on it!
I know nothing about transplanting rosebushes so I pulled up google and spent a solid hour trying to understand what I needed. From what I gathered, this is really not the ideal time to move the bushes. You generally would want to move these in late winter/early spring when the chance of a frost is over. However, one of the people I talked to told me he wouldn’t be worried about it as long as I trimmed the bush back pretty aggressively (the idea is that the plant won’t be trying to sustain every leaf or bloom, instead it’s energy can be focused on the roots and trunk of the plant. Another resource told me that I could cover the bushes for the first little while during cold nights to buy the root system more time. The goal is to not totally shock the plant.
I also read that roses don’t like “wet feet” so there needs to be good drainage. Our soil leans more towards clay, so we bought something to help water drain. It wasn’t very expensive at all (I’ll list everything we bought and the price at the end of this post). Roses also need sun exposure, to be planted where other things are not too close to prevent the roots from being choked, and a more acidic and organically composed soil. Everything I read said the same thing.
So now that I was feeling a little more prepared we headed down to Lowes. We bought all of our supplies and then headed home. First we had to clear out a spot for the six bushes. I had a few ideas, but ultimately decided they should line the deck. Currently there was a thick bed of ivy. I honestly had no idea how much there was until I started trying to pull it out. I ended up having to use the hoe to rip out as much as I could and loosen the soil. Then Michael and I used our hands to pull everything else out. After that I raked the new bed so it would be somewhat flat.
Next, Michael was a great sport and dug our holes. At first we were just using a spade, however, then we remembered the post digger took we bought for our mailbox project! It worked like a champ. This took an entire afternoon and it was getting dark so we had to call it a night. I could barely contain my excitement. It looked so good!
The next day, Sunday, we headed over to dig out the roses after church. I started by trimming the branches down heavily. This was recommended to me by my step mom and the nursery worker at Lowes. They both said that the roots will have access to more energy if the plant isn’t trying to keep every leaf alive. Plus, it made it way easier to transport! Next, we dug around the base of the plant. The trick is to dig deep enough from the side that you can go underthe roots. I was so impressed with ourselves! We were able to save huge portions of the root systems. I feel very confident about their chance of survival.
((I am so proud of this before and after!! Also, without the pink roses the brick looks like a totally different color! I think that is so crazy.))
After that we loaded them onto the roof of the jeep and tied them down. Luckily we only had a ten minute drive! When we got home we set about to plant them. I put a handful of the Perlite Miracle grow and a handful of the flower food (specifically for roses) into each hole and worked it into the soil. (Since I was doing two products I did less than the recommended amount to avoid harming the plants). Then I held the bushes upright as Michael filled the hole with a mixture of the original soil and our Evergreen soil conditioner. After they were all planted we watered them heavily. I know that they don’t like “wet feet” normally, but I thought they needed a good dose to get them started!
I am so excited. I think they look amazing. It will be so fun watching them grow over the next few years. I hope it doesn’t take them too incredibly long to grow back to their former glory! I will keep you updated- and if you have any advice I would loveto hear it!! Have a great day.
Lowes Shopping List:
- Temple Protective Glasses $9.97
- Perlite Miracle Grow $4.77
- Selection Leather Gloves $19.48
- Fiskars 8 in Hedge Shears $19.98
- Fiskars Softgrip Hand Pruner $9.98
- Ecoscraps 4 lb Fresh Start Flower Food $6.98
- 2 cu ft Evergreen Organic Soil Conditioner $3.48 x 3
- True Temper 2 Prong Weeder Hoe $17.98
- True Temper Shovel $17.98
- Kobalt Made Leather Padded Gloves $13.98
Total Costs: $131.54
* We only ended up using two bags of the Evergreen, but with all the spring projects I have planned it will be used!