How to Transplant Roses – Beginners Guide

If you’re a fan of gardening and you love to plant all kinds of plants, from trees to flowers, then you have definitely thought about transplanting roses that you really like, which isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it isn’t too hard either. we will make it easy for you in this simplified guide to know how to transplant roses with no damage.

Difficulty in transplanting roses varies depending on the species that you’re dealing with. If you’re going to be transplanting roses, then you’re in luck because our team has prepared this guide for you that will go through everything you need to have and the steps to successfully transplant it.

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What You’ll Need

  • Gloves
  • Garden Hose
  • Wooden Stake
  • Measuring Tape
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Burlap
  • String
  • Pruning Sheers

How to Transplant Roses In 8 Easy Steps

steps  to Transplant Roses

Roses are very sensitive and may be damaged by the slightest and smallest disturbances. This is why it is very important they be handled with care, or else they would go into shock. 

Transplanting roses can be a very delicate thing to do, which is why you’re going to need to follow these instructions very carefully not to damage the beautiful flowers you’re dealing with. 


Water your flower once a day starting about a week before the day you plan on transplanting it. This ensures the flower is hydrated enough and won’t die when you take it out of the ground.

You should also flood the soil surrounding the flower with water using your garden hose, and once you see the water puddling over the surface you should stop pouring the water.

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Take a stake or anything that is pointy and start carving around the flower marking the perimeter of the root ball that you will later be taking out of the ground.  The line should be around 9 inches away from outside the perimeter of the flower’s foliage.

Planting Spot

The spot in which you plant the flower should be getting at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. The soil should be well-draining and you need enough space around the spot to allow for the flower’s comfortable growth.

The whole you dig should be 2 inches wider than the root ball you took out the ground, and it should be around 20 inches deep.

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When digging up the root ball, you should stop digging the moment you hit a large root, to make sure you don’t harm the plant. Push the shovel under the root ball, and work your way around it to undercut its base.

After that, push the handle of the shovel downward to lift the root ball from the ground.


After you dig a hole in the ground, mix enough compost with that dirt until you have 50% compost and 50% dirt. 

Add a little bit of that mixture to the bottom of the hole, and make sure you tamp it down firmly to ensure the flower has a solid base.

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Before you do any pruning, you need to make sure you are wearing gloves not to harm the flower. You should deadhead all spent or dying flowers using sharp pruning shears, which helps the flower redirect its energy to producing new regenerative growth instead of sending it to the dying flowers. 

You must also prune out all crossing, damaged, dead, or deceased branches that you see. The cuts should be at a 45° angle, a little above the leaf or node that’s facing outward.


How to Transplant Roses

The flower should be planted into the new hole as fast as possible, and it is better to do so in the early hours of the morning when it is cold.

This will lead to minimizing the amount of water needed to sustain the foliage and bloom of the flower. Before you put it into the ground, make sure you prune out any damaged roots.

The root ball should be put in the middle of the hole, and the roots underneath it should be spread over the mound in the bottom of the hole. Make sure the flower is planted just as deep as it was earlier, and never deeper.

Now, add a few inches of soil to the hole after you’ve put the root ball in it, and tamp it down firmly around the flower’s roots to make sure no air pockets are left.

Keep adding and tamping down the soil, a few inches at a time, until you fill out about half of the hole. Fill the rest with water and give it time to drain completely.

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Add more soil to the hole the same way as earlier until the hole is even with the surface of the ground.


Now it’s time to mound some soil around the plant to create a reservoir for water to stay in. Tamp the soil firmly so that it is very stable and doesn’t get destroyed by water easily.

Pour water in the reservoir you just made and let it dry completely, and you’re good to go.

After Care

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Keep checking up on the plant every day to make sure the soil hasn’t dried up and that the plant has enough water to supports its foliage and blooms.

The soil around the plant should be kept moist, but not too moist to the point where it is soggy for the first 3 weeks after you’ve transplanted it. 

When you notice that the plant has become stablished in its new home, reduce the watering to only once a week.

Additional Notes and Tips

Keep in mind that fertilizers are salts so if you want them to work properly without burning your rose’s roots you should water your roses before and after applying fertilizers.

Some people know how to transplant roses, but they don’t succeed in transplanting their roses just because they did not transplant them in the right season.

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The right season to transplant roses depends on the climates of your location, In cooler regions, you can transplant them in spring, but generally, you can transplant roses while dormant in early spring or in late winter.


At the end of this read, we think that we provide you with all the information and steps you needed and we wish you share with us your experience and pictures so that the other gardening beginners get inspired and know how to transplant roses like you do.