How to Transplant Rosebushes


Transplanting roses is trickier than transplanting other plant varieties. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Choose a time of year when the rose is dormant.
  • Thoroughly soak the rosebush with water.
  • Prune the bush back and spray it with dormant spray.
  • Dig a large hole to receive the rosebush.
  • Dig up the bush and set it in the hole.
  • Mix 30% potting soil with the native soil.
  • Fill the hole around the bush with the soil mixture.
  • Water the rosebush thoroughly.


  1. I have recently moved and brought my roses with me. They are on pots and have been for a couple to several years. I am wanting to plant them in the yard of my new home. I have also bought a few more at a home improvement store. They are blooming at this time. Do I have to wait till they are dormant to plant them? I was hoping to get them out of there pots and into a raised flower bed soon to enjoy them.

  2. My daughter has some miniature roses, they have gotten a few buds on them. When is a good time to transplant them to a larger pot and what kind of soil and rose food should she use. We live in North Florida, Jacksonville area.

  3. We have some miniature roses that we bought, they are starting to bloom, we are wanting to transplant them into a larger pot. When is it a good time to transplant them and what kind of soil and rose food do we need to buy. When will it be a good time to transplant them, we live in North Florida near the Florida, Georgia State line. Any help you can give us will be of great help. Thank you very much.


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