Implement roses: when and how to transplant roses properly

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Not always a rose must be implemented immediately. If there is still time, it is worth waiting until the fall. This is the time of the year when the best way to transplant roses is to succeed.
  • transplant from October
  • even before the first frosts come
The mild temperatures above freezing are ideal for rapid rooting of the transplanted rose.

Spring is the second choice

If the rose absolutely has to leave its place and can not be maintained until autumn, spring offers itself as an alternative planting season. However, the weather in the spring in this country is sometimes capricious. It may well be that the temperatures are unexpected and climb to the summer level for days or even weeks. The heat is a stress factor for the transplanted rose. Keep an eye on it and always provide the plant with sufficient water.
  • Prevent dehydration
  • always water sufficiently
  • Protect from the blazing midday sun

Only in summer if need be

If the rose has to consecrate its old place in the middle of summer and push time, it does not have to land on the compost heap. While summer may not be the ideal season for transplanting roses, the situation is not entirely hopeless. The rose has to adapt to the new environment under difficult conditions, because the hot temperatures are causing her stress. It is therefore important that she does not stand in the blazing midday sun and the floor never completely dries out.

Alternative: bucket as a stopover

A rose does not have to move to a new place in the bed immediately. It is quite possible to transplant them temporarily into a large bucket.
  • offers itself in the summer
  • for small and medium-sized rose bushes
  • The bucket is mobile and can be shaded
  • Ailing roses can be better cared for
  • in the autumn to their permanent location

Rose roots are growing straight down


Before digging up the rose, it is important to know that the roots of this flower usually grow straight down. An exception are the root-real historical roses that form foothills. Apart from that, the rhizome is just below the shoots. This makes digging up the roots easy without damaging them.

Instructions for the implementation

Below you will find the detailed instructions for the successful conversion of roses:
Step 1: Prepare the new planting hole
So that the excavated rose can move immediately to their new home, the new planting hole should be prepared and waiting for them. So the excavated rose does not have to wait in the air.
  • loosen the soil well and profoundly
  • in loosened soil the roots grow more easily
  • Lift planting hole
  • Do not put fertilizer in the planting hole
  • replace unsuitable earth with special rose earth
Tip: New location should provide the rose with plenty of sun and a sandy-loamy soil.
2nd step: Cut back the rose shoots vigorously
Every shoot of the rose must be well supplied throughout, so that it grows optimally. It needs water and nutrients that are supplied to it from the roots of the soil. When transplanting, however, many fine roots are damaged and the supply is no longer sufficiently ensured for the long shoots. It takes a few weeks for the rootstock to recover.
  • cut back all aboveground shoots of the rose
  • on a length of about 40 cm
  • Use clean pruner
Step 3: Dig out the rose carefully
After shortening the rose bush can be dug up. This should be done carefully to damage as few roots as possible.
  • The easiest way is with a spade
  • dig deep into the ground with young roses
  • work on older and larger roses in several steps
  • first dig a ditch around the rose
  • then sting around the roots all around in the ground
  • Clean roots too long with the spade
  • lost root mass grows again at the new location
  • Carefully lift rose bush after rounding with spade
  • Remove root bales completely from the bed
4th step: cutting back roots


The more roots remain on the rhizome, the better the plant can be supplied with the necessary nutrients and water. But even with careful digging unfortunately some roots are damaged.
  • Cut damaged roots
  • Use clean and disinfected pruner
  • leave intact roots
Step 5: Transform Rose
The excavated rose should be transferred as quickly as possible into the prepared plant hole, so that the roots are not exposed to the dry air for long.
  • Rose just put in the planting hole
  • Thickened spot should be in the planting hole
  • about three to five centimeters below the soil surface
  • Completely fill planting hole with earth excavation
Tip: If the rose can not be replanted immediately, she should spend the waiting period shady and in a bucket of water.
Step 6: Pour rose abundantly
The converted rose needs plenty of water, as it can not provide itself enough at the beginning. Immediately after transplanting, give it 10 l of it and maintain regular watering in the first few weeks. However, always pour depending on the prevailing weather conditions. Especially when the rose bush has been transplanted in spring or summer, the need for water is higher than when transplanting in autumn.
Step 7: Pile protective soil
The reacted rose needs protection against dehydration. Therefore, it must be sprinkled immediately after planting and watering. Shovel plenty of soil around the rose until you have formed a hill with it. This should cover almost the whole plant.
  • always pile up, no matter what season is transplanted
  • only the shoot tips may look out
  • leave the mound as far as possible for two to three months
  • only then can the rosebush be freed from the earth again
  • or just let the hill gradually get rid of the rain
  • In autumn planting, the rose should remain pitted until spring

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