hello im in the process of moving from lower michigan to northern michigan and i have several daffodills and peonies and a few rose bushes that have been growing on this property for almost 50 years it was my parents property i really hate to leave them can i trasnsplant them during the summer months or should i wait till fall the bank took the house after my mom passed away so im not leaving them anything maybee a few dead roses greedy buggers any answers would be greatly appreciated thank you
Keeping family heritage plants is always important - many cultivars are unavailable now and they're a way to memorialise people.
Based on your climate, it seems they could be moved anytime between Spring and late Summer. Other times may not allow the plants to grow a suitable root system before Winter. (Harden off)
Regardless, ensure you take a large rootball with dirt attached, cleanly trim any roots with sécateurs to avoid disease, and trim the plant back a bit to lower transpiration. Wrap the rootball in hessian (it breathes) and keep moist.
Get them into the new spot soon thereafter, mulch with compost and water in well with dilute seaweed/fish liquid fertiliser - not actually a fertiliser, more of a soil conditioner increasing microbial activity.
Avoid using manure or other fertilisers until next Summer, it could caused fertiliser burn.
(Also, when transporting in a car, cover them with a tarp or cloth to avoid wind and sun burn.)
'Every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.'
Also, when you're trimming the plant (as F Agricola recommended) keep some of the trimmed pieces as cuttings and start them rooting. When we moved from Maryland to Florida, that's how I was able to bring my husband's favorite rose.
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