Transplanting Roses - Tips to Relocate Your Roses

Roses require a lot of care and dedication to ensure proper vigor and health. One thing, which is not easily performed, is transplanting roses because they are sensitive to being moved. If you want to transplant your roses successfully, you must administer proper care while performing this task.

Some people will state that fall is the best season for transplanting while others believe that spring is the ideal time. Both answers can prove correct because the true answer lies in the fact of where you live and the climate. In warmer climates, transplanting in the fall seems to work best. People who live in cooler climates should perform this task in the spring.

How to transplant

When transplanting, the utmost care should be administered. Roses prove sensitive to being moved which is why they are dormant in the late spring or fall is strongly recommended. Wait until all possible threat of a frost is over as well as freezing weather. Fall planting should be performed in warm soil and before the frost or cold temperatures set in. Before you attempt this task, you need to understand that these plants thrive in fertile soil with organic compounds. They will require proper water and sun. Replace your bushes in similar conditions and locations.


Prepare the bed or hole in advance with plenty of compost. Your hole should be approximately fifteen inches, which makes enough width to accommodate the root system. Build a small mound of dirt in the center of the hole to place the rose bush into. The bushes should be doused with water for two days prior to removing them. If you want the best results, perform this task on an overcast day.

After the transplantation

Once you place the rose bush in the hole, dig about twelve inches around the bush dig fifteen inches deep. Lift the rootball while taking as much soil as possible. Place the bush in the hole on the dirt mound you have constructed. Spread out the roots while placing the bush slightly above the ground level. Take dirt and fill in around the bush with soil.

Water the bush and the soil immediately after placement. Press the soil down firmly to eliminate any possible air pockets. Prune the rose back as much as you can with angled cuts. Remove unsightly branches. If you follow these tips for transplanting roses, you will find your chances of success will be greatly improved.

Margaret Carter has been a Rosarian for over 20 years. If you have found this article helpful or if you need more information, visit Transplanting Roses to discover more. Click Here for your FREE Minicourse

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