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I need to move a rambling rose this winter, any advice would be welcomed. Will I need to cut it down and sacrifice the flowers for next year?
Personally I would cut it back. This will help the plant put energy into new growing new roots.
About 3 years ago we moved a Mermaid from my garden to my daughter's. The Mermaid was about 7 years old and well established. We cut it back to about 2 feet, then dug it out leaving as much of the rootball as possible intact. We wrapped it in a plastic tarpaulin, keeping it damp and took it to my daughter's garden. Due to some awful weather she didn't get it planted for about a week, but she kept it well wrapped and damp but not sodden. She dug out a hole a bit bigger than the rootball and added some well-rotted stable manure and dug it in, then planted the rose. Three years on it covers the walls and roof of the garages at the end of their garden, acting as a wonderfully thorny deterrent to anyone thinking about trying to get into their garden from the path behind.
Ramblers are usually wonderfully resilient.
Thanks for the advice. I think I will cut it back to about 2 feet and put it in a well prepared site. Thanks for the 'no rose recently' tip figrat, I didn't know that.
when should i move a rector rambler rose, i put it in this spring it hasnt flowered yet, but i have put it in the wrong place, do i have to wait utill the leafs have fallen.
I'd do it in November - but there's nothing to stop you getting the new site prepared now - Rambling Rector is a lovely rose with a beautiful perfume - but it does ramble - give it plenty of space and enjoy