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Information on Transplanting Roses

Updated on October 17, 2015

Why Would You Transplant A Rose?

Roses are transplanted for a variety of reasons. Some rose owners transplant their roses because they want to transfer them to a sunnier part of the garden or they want to change things around a bit. However, before you start pulling your rose out of the ground it is important to remember a few important things.


It is important to prepare the ground you are planning transferring your roses to. If you take your rose out of its hole and leave it waiting in the hot sun while you dig the new hole, it will lose its moisture and inevitably suffer.

In some cases where the rose is being transported to a completely different location by vehicle, it is always good to cover the rose roots with a damp strip of Burlap to stop them drying up.


Once you have decided you are going to move your rose, you should water it well the day before; you can’t go wrong if you supply your rose(s) with plenty of water. If you try transplanting a dry wilting rose, the success rate won’t be very high because it will be searching for water when it’s not even in the soil.

Rose roots run extremely deep and as a result, some are lost when the rose is being pulled out of its earthy home. Rose roots run so deep that you wouldn’t be able to dig deep enough to extract them when transplanting the rose.

However a rose full up with water is more likely to survive a transplant.


When you have dug around the rose base and exposed the roots, it is important that you try to take as much of the root ball as you can.


A common mistake many rose owners make is pruning healthy flower growth from the top of the rose plant. This is damaging to the rose and only acts to cut its growth away instead of encouraging it.

The growth of a rose plant is important in the production of sugars.


If you notice your rose is wilting at its tips, then it means your rose isn’t able to support its top structure and needs water. To combat this you need to give your rose plenty of water and prune the tips that die as a result.


You can add half to a full cup of bone meal to the hole where the rose will go which encourages the rose to grow and develop. Once you have done this, you can then place the rose back into the hole but slightly higher that it was originally, which will allow it to settle into the hole. The rose bud union can be about one or two inches above ground level.

Once the rose has been watered again and has settled in its new environment, a good tip is to press slightly on its base which will remove any air pockets.


Believe it or not, roses can go into shock if they are transplanted during seasons of growth, which is why most rose owners only recommend transplanting roses when they are sleeping during the winter months. To add to this by transplanting a rose just after the annual pruning, it is easier to manoeuvre around a garden.

However, whatever the season, with the right preparation and lots and lots of water the simple steps outlined here can be followed by anyone. All it takes is a small amount of time and effort to transplant roses and enjoy their majestic presence in your garden.

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