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moving rose bushes within the garden

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I have just moved into my first home with a garden. Never hardly sat in one before let alone looked after one. There are rose bushes everywhere and most never see the light of day. I would like to move them to what I think is a nice sunny area. I don't know when I should do this. There are some buds but without sun they are not developing any further. Plus they haven't been pruned. Can someone tell me when I should dig them up and should they be pruned before then or later. I've researched preparing beds for roses but can't find much for established plants. Help here would also be great.



If there is a lot of old wood and hardly any new growth, I'd also be inclined to cut most of the old stems right out to ground level and just leave about three trimmed back as Marguerite suggested. This should encourage it to generate new shoots from the base which should flower in the second year after moving

15 Jul, 2008

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