hello. i have a hybrid tea rose (Touch of Class) growing in a spot that's getting crowded and hard to manage. it has been in that spot for probably 2 1/2 years now, but it isn't doing so well. is it safe to move it? if so, how can i move it safely?
Well, I, for one, can tell you to MOVE IT. I live in VIrginia and honestly, last Spring I kinda ripped out some one-year planted Heirloom roses without allot of fuss and they are magnificent. Sometimes, the tendency is to forget how strong their survival instinct is. I am not saying that you should be as casual as I was, only that your observations about the rose not thriving is an honest one, and it is telling you to move it.
The more nearly intact you can keep the rootball the better. It will be easier to handle if you prune the top back some first. The most important thing will be to keep it well watered for the first year after transplant.
I've moved many roses. As above, try to get the entire root ball and put down a tarp or have a wagon handy to tranfer easily. Trim the canes back so the roots don't have to strugle so much to keep everything alive. Good luck!
Seaweed tea (Seasol or other) is good to keep it healthy. I know you don't fertilize bare rooted roses when you first plant, you wait till they show green. Is it the same for a transplant?
If you lose the soil off the roots while moving, don't panic, it's Spring, you're in Florida, no worries; just make a little hill to sit the base on and spread the roots gently down the slope, as you would a bare rooted plant. Gently remove any extra long or damaged threads.
I am also about to transplant a couple of roses, Seduction and Sunlit. They have not been doing well either, I suspect the climbers behind have sucked up all the goodness and poisoned the soil and made it "rose-sick" for them. I really don't want to transplant the same unhealthy soil with them - will it matter? I have not been fertilizing regularly, so I suspect I am the cause of this problem occurring.
No, I often hose off the soil when I transplant. Moist roots make for happy transplanted roots. I often also give the roots a bit of a haircut. Seems to stimulate them a bit.
I use seaweed extract or a variation thereof at times, too. My dogs don't notice it. They think fish emulsion is the next best thing to used kitty litter to roll in. That doesn't bode well for my plants, my rugs, or my nose. LOL! Darned dogs =).