How to Transplant Roses

Yesterday I decided it was time to rescue a few roses while I was shopping to enhance a little rose garden in the backyard.   This wasn’t a fancy purchase just two pretty rose shrubs of yellow and pink in 3 gallon buckets.

Transplanting roses is an enjoyable process, you’re giving a fresh start to a plant that’s been trapped in a pot unable to reach its full potential.

Planting Preparation

Begin by watering the plants once you arrive home because most times they can be pretty dry.  Let them sit in the shade and wait till the evening to transplant.

I like temperatures low around 70 when I’m transplanting roses.

Digging and Placement

Choose a spot to plant where direct sunlight is present then dig a hole where you plan to place your rose.  You want the roses to go into an already prepared bed.

These roses came in 3 gallon buckets so I dug a hole twice that size.

Once the hole is dug add water and let it sit about 5 minutes before adding your bush.   This will tell you what your drainage is like which will help with a water schedule later on.  If the ground is already wet you can skip this step.

  • Carefully take the plant out of the bucket and gently place it in the hole without disturbing the root system.  Normally these plants will be lightly mulched with a dirt mixture covering the root system.
  • Place it all in the hole and make sure to fill the gaps with the surrounding dirt you dug up.
  • At this point your plant should be secure and ready for some type of mulch or ground cover.  This will help keep the moisture in place so you don’t have to water as often when temperatures rise.

What about Mulch?

There are a variety of mulch options available at the nursery; I use all natural Texas Mulch.  This is awesome because it’s top quality and made from recycled brush and trees.  If I had a wood chipper I’d make my own mulch.

 It’s always best to purchase your mulch in the spring because prices start to hike when the temperatures heat up.  I went ahead and added a couple bags and everything looked great.

You can check your local nurseries for similar mulch because I’m guessing this product doesn’t travel very far.

Transplanting roses is as simple as making sure the ground has already been fertilized with the right planting conditions, digging a hole, adding the plant and covering it up.

Well there’s a little more to it than that, check out rose care tips and rose placement here.



  1. monkey says:

    aww how nice those roses will do you proud xx

    1. Yes we got flooded with rain today so they should take off nicely. -Carole

  2. Alison Agnew says:

    I have never had success with growing roses, but if I ever get the chance to transplant, I'll know now what to do! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    1. Hello Alison – nice to hear from you. Roses love sunshine – I'll be talking about Rose placement in my next post so maybe that will help with some success. 🙂 Love that hop great links every week. -Carole

  3. Thanks for linking up this post on Green Thumb Thursday! I shared it on The Green Thumb Thursday Pinterest page as well as on my personal G+ account.
    I love roses, they are so beautiful. I think it's great that you honored your ram in such a way. Animals become a part of the family!

    1. Awesome Thanks for sharing! I love my roses and I have to agree with you it was a great way to remember him. Not all but many of my animals do feel like family. Glad you stopped by to share! -Carole

  4. So pretty! You have quite the green thumb! I really need to get to planting! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party. Hope you'll be back this week with more inspiring posts!

    1. Thanks for sharing Nici – I do enjoy gardening -it's my quiet time with God, I'm excited about your new link up – I've got it posted on my link up banner. Also like your new layout – bright and pretty! Carole

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great post on transplanting roses and your garden is beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Hello Kathy – Glad you liked it and thanks seems creating a space is a process that never ends. I shall be back next week and thanks for the feature last week that was a neat Mothers Day Surprise! -Carole

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