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RE: Hello! Rose question...

Bonnie: One thing you can do prior to actually digging up the rose is to
root cut it about a week before you want to take it out of the
ground...take a very sharp shovel and go deep with it all around the
rose, severing the roots as much as possible, getting as large a mass of
the root ball as you can. ***Leave the plant in the ground*** for about
a week, making sure you give it a good deep drink of water. Make sure
when you actually take it out of the ground you wrap it well and get it
back into the ground as soon as you can. Heirloom roses are generally
tough plants...they take a lot of abuse/neglect. Make sure you water it
thoroughly once it is back in the ground, of course. And if you can pick
a good sunny spot for it (6-8 hrs. a day), that provides good drainage
(they like deep waterings but hate soggy soil) you will definitely
improve it's odds of surviving. Good luck. I think I would also do as
Judy suggested and try to take cuttings of the bush before you force
dormancy...get them in some rooting hormone and make yourself a couple
of baby rose bushes if it's that important to you to save it.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 09/23, Bonnie & Bill Morgan < wmorgan972@ameritech.net > wrote:
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan [mailto: wmorgan972@ameritech.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:23:09 -0400
Subject: [CHAT] Hello!  Rose question...

Sorry I haven't been able to participate lately. Bill and I are
spending<br>our weekends running back and forth to Indianapolis and
trying to play<br>catch-up during the week. <br><br>Mother has a rose
that my brother nearly killed by letting a tree grow<br>through it. We
chopped the tree, but now we have three spindly looking<br>briars that
are still green. Since we will be selling the house and my<br>brother
killed off mother's family peonies, I want to move this rose (a
pass<br>a long plant from an aunt that my father loved and that gives
mom joy too)<br>to Dayton, but I need advice to make certain it survives
the trip. What<br>would all of you suggest? It is an old fashioned rose
that bloomed<br>sporadically throughout the summer and fall--bright red
blossoms that are<br>highly fragrant, and possibly a climber as briars
are 6' to 8' high. (I've<br>never seen black spot nor powdery mildew on
this one.)<br><br>I will appreciate all your
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