Important things to know about transplanting roses
I always avoid moving an established rose from one part of the garden to another, especially when a rose is doing well. If you want exactly this striking blooming bush to grow elsewhere in the backyard, buy an additional plant or better propagate another rose from the same variety.
Sometimes you may have no choice than to move a rose bush, for whatever reason. As it is not an easy task for the rose and you, you have to be very careful when you dig her up.
Asking several gardeners when the best time to move a rose is, you will get multiple opinions. I came to the conclusion that you can transplant the flowers any time of the year, but the easiest time will be the colder months when the roses are dormant.
Hence, the best time to transplant a rose will be late fall (November) when the growing season is over or early spring (March) when the plant is still dormant.
To move a plant during the growing season means to move the whole plant with as much soil surrounding the roots as possible, to avoid the roots from drying out.
Roses are very sensitive to shock and if it is manageable choose late fall or early spring to transplant them.
To make it easy and smooth for your rose, some things should be prepared in advance.
wheelbarrow to move the rose to its new location to keep the rootball intact. If
the rootball falls apart, treat the plant as a bare root rose ( go to planting
a bare root rose for more advice).
Digging out the plant, you will quite certain severe some roots. Therefore, you will need a very sharp spade for that job.
After the transplanting procedure, water the plant well for the next three weeks. Don’t overdo it; the plant in transplanting state cannot take up as much water as it normally would.
Wait for about one
month to fertilize the newly planted rose because she needs to establish the
feeder roots first, before she can put her energy into flower production.