Good evening to all,
Can someone here tell me when is the best time of year to transplant a climbing
rose bush, I'm not sure how old it is. I live in the Florida panhandle it that
Thanks for any help you can give me.
On 17 Nov 2003 03:13:29 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (FLDIXIEREBEL) opined:
In the southern parts of the U.S. I would say best time is after the plant loses
it's foliage. Sometime in December or January. The plant needs at least 3
months to re-establish a root system. Roses are horrible root plants. You will
have better luck if you fully prepare a hole now, make the appropriate
amendments to the soil by using a lot of compost. After this heat wave we've
been having in the southwest-southeast, you can move it. Unfortunately, you
will have to prune it, so waiting till the brink if you can is best. I
transplanted an antique climber last March and it didn't recover until July. It
sparsely flowered. If I would have moved it in Jan. it would have recovered
before the sun blaze.
Since you might not get winter chill that makes the rose go
dormant, do it when you would normally do your winter pruning. As
part of your pruning, you should remove all folliage from the
remaining canes. (See my
When you prepare the new planting hole, add a generous amount of
bone meal or superphosphate but no other nutrients. Do not feed
for the first year. You want the roots to redevelope without
forcing top growth. Top growth that is initially vigorous can too
easily exceed the capacity of injured roots to supply with water
You add phosphorus at planting time because that primary nutrient
does not leach through the soil like other nutrients. If
phosphorus is not already in the root zone, it will never get
there. Bone meal is generally better because it is less likely to
burn injured roots than superphosphate.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
email@example.com (FLDIXIEREBEL) wrote in message
Fall is the best time to transplant in the panhandle of FL. The soil
temps are still warm and the sun's intensity is at it's best for new
plantings. Fall gives the climber optimal chance to establish itself
loooong before the brutal heat and humidity hit. I'm in Tallahassee
and we usually go from winter to summer without that nice spring
Kimmie Tallahassee Fl Zone 8
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