How can I revive roses after they have been transplanted?

Asked June 2, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

A landscaper working in my yard transplanted some of my Knock Out roses to a different area in the yard. They were out of the ground for a six-and-a-half hours. They have had heavy trickle watering since they were replanted a few days ago but have not perked up. Were they out of the ground and bare-rooted too long? How long they can be out of the ground before transplanting? Can I do something to revive them?

Macomb County Michigan

1 Response

Roses should be watered well before they are moved and should be replanted as soon as possible. All you can do now is give them a good soaking and keep watering them well. They may be suffering some transplant shock and may eventually recover.