The best time of year to transplant a rose bush

Updated July 19, 2017

The best time to transplant rose bushes is when they are dormant (not actively growing). Transplanting in the autumn or winter means your plant will put on new growth in time for spring.


In cool temperatures a rose bush plant isn't actively growing. It doesn't mind being uprooted, because its water and nutritional needs are less.


Roses can be pruned heavily while dormant. Moving them at this time means they will be lighter and have fewer thorns, making them easier to handle.


Roses are not temperamental plants. In fact, they are quite resilient. They respond very well to being relocated if given adequate water, light and nutrition.

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Christine Lucas has been a freelance writer for four years and writes a parenting column for The Savannah Morning News called Rattled. Previously, her work has been on gardening. Lucas has written for "Lawn & Garden Retailer," "Southern Families," and "Georgia Gardening." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Delaware.