1. Water liberally around the rose bush and wait several minutes to allow the water to seep into the soil. Removing the roots will be easier once the soil is softened. 2. Prune away as much of the. Jan 18, The rose bush will need to be trimmed back in order for the transplant to be successful.
Wearing gardening gloves, use shears to cut back the rose canes to 10 to 12 inches. Be careful not to cut off too much, as this could damage the bush. If you are not going to replant the bush, you can instead cut it down to a few inches above the ground. You want to dig a trench that is deep enough to access the rose plant's root system. 3 Grab the plant where it typically meets the soil, and jiggle it gently to loosen the root ball.
Remove the rose. Dig far enough away from the root ball so that roots are not damaged. The goal is to take as many of the roots as possible. Gently transfer it to the new hole.
If the plant is large, it can be helpful to drag it to the hole on a tarp. Note: If the rose wilts when transplanted, it may not survive.
Amend the soil. In a bucket or wheelbarrow, mix equal amounts of mulch, potting soil, and peat moss. Lay a beam across them and tie the root to the beam with a chain.
You’ll apply hundreds of pounds of pulling force, so both the beam and the chain must be strong. Use a 6-ft. 4×6 or 6×6 for the beam and a chain for towing cars. Raise the jack, stopping to cut the roots as they become exposed.