Roses are lovely flowers that are relatively simple to replant! Roses require a lot of sunlight, so place them in a brighter location. A rose bush can be transplanted to a new location by carefully digging it up and inserting it into a new, weed-free garden patch. Plant rose stem cuttings and wait for them to grow new roots to regrow roses.
Method 1 Replanting a Rose Bush
1. Select a garden location that is free of weeds and other plants. Roses thrive when kept apart from other plants. Plant your rose bush in the garden, either with other roses or by itself. Choose a location where the roses can live permanently so that they do not have to be transported later.
Dig up and pull weeds with a hand fork.
Choose a location that receives direct sunlight.
2. Make sure your soil drains well. Roses thrive in well-draining soil. Test your soil before planting your roses by digging a hole 12–18 inches (30–46 cm) wide and 12–18 inches (30–46 cm) deep, then filling it with water. A well-draining soil should drain in less than an hour.
Add organic matter, such as compost, to poor-draining soil to improve it.
3. For your rose bush, dig a hole at least 15 inches (38 cm) deep. Dig a new location for your rose bush with a garden trowel. Make a hole about 15 inches (38 cm) deep. In addition, the hole should be at least 12 inches (30 cm) wide, or large enough to accommodate your rose bush.
Wear gardening gloves while digging to protect your hands.
4. In the centre of the hole, make a small mound of soil. With a garden trowel, pile some of the soil you removed from the hole back into it. Make a small mound 1–2 inch (2.5–5.1 cm) tall for the rose bush to sit on. Firm the mound by gently patting it down on the soil.
5. Carefully dig around the bush and remove it from the ground. Gently remove soil from the rose bush’s perimeter with a trowel or small garden shovel. Dig down to the roots until the root ball is visible. Continue digging with caution until you can easily insert the shovel underneath the plant to remove it. When picking up the root ball, take care to keep as much of it as possible intact.
The plant should be able to be lifted out of the ground without being yanked.
After determining the size of the root ball, adjust the size of the hole you dug.
6. Fill the new hole halfway with soil and insert the plant. Place the rose bush’s root ball gently on top of the mound. Fill the hole around the plant gently with the soil you dug up earlier. When it is halfway full, come to a halt.
7. Water should be poured into the hole. Flood the soil you inserted around the plant with a watering can. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes to allow the soil to drain. Allow it to sit for a longer period of time if there is still water in the hole after this time.
8. Fill the remaining hole with soil and water it once more. Fill in the ring around the plant’s base with more soil. Allow about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water to soak into the soil’s surface. Unless it rains heavily, give the plant about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water every week.
Apply a layer of mulch to the soil around the plant to keep weeds at bay.
After replanting your rose, apply a rose-specific fertiliser.
Method 2 Replanting Rose Cuttings
1. If possible, take cuttings in late spring or early summer. It is best to regrow roses during the warm seasons, before the intense heat sets in. When the stems are young but strong, take cuttings in late spring or early summer. The warmth will encourage rapid root growth.
Cuttings can also be made and replanted in the autumn, but root regrowth is slow and new blooms appear only the following spring if successful.
2. Remove healthy stems that are 5–8 inches (13–20 cm) long. To avoid crushing the stems, make cuttings with sharp pruners. Choose cuttings that are 5–8 inches (13–20 cm) long. Cut at a 45-degree angle.
Take cuttings from the plant’s top and sides.
To keep the cuttings from wilting, mist them with water as you replant them.
The flower at the top should not be included in the 5–8 inch (13–20 cm) measurement.
Before and after cutting the plant, sanitise your cutting tools.
3. Take the flower off the stem. Remove the rose bloom from the rest of the stem with your pruners. This will allow the plant to redirect energy that was previously directed toward the flower to the growth of new roots. Cut this at a 45-degree angle.
4. When replanting, leave some leaves on the stem. The leaves provide sugars from photosynthesis to the rose cutting, assisting it in growing new roots. Maintain 2-3 high-up leaves on each stem. Some roses will grow from leafless stems, but the chances of regrowth are better if a few leaves remain attached.
The plant can also benefit from root-promoting hormones found in the leaves.
Keeping more than 2-3 leaves on the stem will draw nutrients away from it, causing it to wilt.
Keep the leaves high on the stem so they don’t get buried under the soil when you replant it.
5. To promote regrowth, apply a synthetic hormone to the stem. Rose cuttings contain a root-promoting hormone called auxin, which accumulates at the bottom of the stems. Some roses may not produce enough auxin to stimulate regrowth from cuttings. Purchase a growing hormone powder containing synthetic auxin and dip the bottom of your rose cuttings in it before planting to increase the chances of new roses growing.
Synthetic auxin is identified as indolebutyric acid (IBA) and/or naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA).
This mixture can be purchased at gardening stores or online.
6. If the weather is cold, plant rose cuttings in pots to keep indoors. If there is a frost, the weather is too cold for roots to grow outside. Plant your rose cutting in a pot and keep it indoors in cold weather. As a general rule, this will happen in late autumn and winter.
In warmer weather, pots can be placed outside or kept indoors.
7. In pots, use perlite, vermiculite, or a light potting mix as a medium. Organic matter, which holds moisture better than ordinary potting soil, should be present in the potting medium you use to grow new roots. Fill a garden pot 3/4 of the way with the medium. Water it until it’s moist but not soggy that it’s pooling.
If you’re combining more than one medium, use a trowel or a small garden rake to mix them together.
To improve the growing potential of a rose cutting planted directly into the ground, till organic matter into the top 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) of soil.
8. Insert the stems into the soil and firm it up around them. Insert the bottoms of the cuttings 1–2 inches (2.5–5.1 cm) deep into the soil mix. If you plant more than one cutting in the same pot, leave about 1–2 inch (2.5–5.1 cm) between them. To ensure that the stems are supported, gently press down on the soil around them.
If the cuttings encounter too much resistance to easily enter the soil, gently poke into the mix with a pencil or pen to create openings first.
9. Add a “tent” to create a humid greenhouse effect. In a warm, humid environment, roots grow quickly. Create a greenhouse effect by placing something around the cuttings’ surface, either over the pot or on top of the ground, to trap moisture and heat. Continue to use it until new growth appears. An inverted two-liter soft drink bottle with the top cut off an inverted mason jar
a plastic bag supported at the top by a small wooden stake
10. Place the cuttings in a location that receives moderate sunlight. Place the cuttings in a location that receives both moderate sun and shade. While some sunlight will benefit your rose cuttings, excessive heat and rays may harm them before they take root. Plants can be relocated to a more sunny location once they have developed strong roots.
The cuttings should take about 3-4 weeks to root.
To see if roots have formed, gently pull on the planted cuttings. Roots have most likely formed if they resist being pulled out.
Once mature enough to survive replanting, potted rose plants can be transplanted into your garden the following season.
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