When to transplant a rose bush?

Rose bushes are the most popular shrubs to have in gardens and patios; not in vain, they produce flowers for much of the year and do not require much care to be healthy. However, one of the things we must do from time to time is transplant them.

Over time the substrate runs out of its nutrients, so there comes a time when the plant cannot continue growing. To have roses for many years, I am going to tell you when to transplant a rose bush.

The rose bush is a thorny shrub native to Asia, Europe, North America and Northwest Africa that grows to a height of two to five meters, but is normally grown as 40-50cm plants. The leaves can be evergreen, that is, it remains evergreen, or deciduous, dropping the leaves in autumn-winter. This is something that we have to take into account when we want to transplant it, since if it is perennial it is recommended to change the pot at the end of winter, but if it is expired it can also be done in autumn.

But how do you know when it is time to change the container?

When to transplant it?

Being a fast growing plant, transplanting it every two years is highly recommended ; however, it may be necessary to do it more or less often. The way in which we take care of it will determine the rate of growth and development of the rose bush. If it is watered and fertilized regularly and diseases and pests are prevented, we can be sure that it will grow quickly.

Even so, if in doubt, I advise you to take a look at the drainage holes in the pot: if the roots come out, if you see that there are many, or if you have never transplanted it since you bought it or for more than two years, then it will be time to «move him home

Can a rose bush be transplanted in summer?

It is not advisable. During the summer the rose bushes are in full bloom, so if the roots are manipulated too much they can have a bad time, to the point that they could lose quite a few leaves and flowers.

I only advise doing it in special cases, such as, for example, that they are suffering from excessive watering, or that they have not yet flowered.

How to transplant a rose bush step by step?

Now that you know when to transplant rose bushes, we will tell you how to do it. Although first, you have to know what you are going to need:

From pot to pot


  • Flowerpot: it does not matter if it is made of plastic or any other similar material, but it is important that it is at least 7 to 10 centimeters wider and deeper than the previous one, and that it has holes in the base through which the water can escape from the excess irrigation.
  • Substrates: the mixture must be rich in organic matter and facilitate water drainage. For example, a good mix would be:
    • 70% universal growing medium
    • P
    • 20% perlite
    • 10% worm castings
  • Watering can with water: after each transplant, it is necessary to water.
  • Pruning shears: If you have dry stems, now is a good time to remove them with previously disinfected scissors.
  • Gardening gloves: they will protect your hands from the spikes of the rose bush, so the task of transplanting it will be more comfortable.

Step by Step

Once you have everything, it ‘s time to move on to step by step:

  1. First, fill the new pot with the substrate mixture, to just under half the container.
  2. Then carefully remove the rose bush from the ‘old’ pot. You can tap it on the sides to make it come out better.
  3. Then put it in the new pot. If you see that it is too high or too low, remove or add soil. Ideally, the surface of the root ball should be 1 centimeter or less below the rim of the pot.
  4. Then finish filling.
  5. Finally, water and place the rose bush outside, in full sun.

Transplanting rose bushes from ground to ground


  • Hoe: with which you will make the trenches to extract it and the planting hole.
  • Watering can with water: to water after transplanting.
  • Gardening gloves: with which you can work more comfortably.
  • OPTIONAL: if the garden soil is very compact, it is advisable to mix it with perlite or similar in equal parts to improve drainage.

Step by Step

After preparing everything, follow this step by step:

  1. First, you have to make the planting hole. This should be at least 50 x 50cm, although it is very, very advisable that it be 1m x 1m since this way the roots will find themselves with a lot of loose soil, which will allow them to root more easily.
  2. Then add water to fill it completely. Thus, not only will the soil be moistened, but you will also be able to see if it has good drainage (in which case you would see that the soil absorbs the water quickly, in a matter of minutes) or not.
  3. Now, make trenches around the rose bush you want to remove, about 40cm deep, and about 30-35cm from the main stem.
  4. Then extract it as carefully as possible, with a hoe or, if you have, a spade (it is a kind of rectangular, straight shovel. You can buy it here ).
  5. The next step is to plant it in the hole, ensuring that the soil bread is no more than 5 centimeters below the ground level.
  6. Finally, it is finished filling, and can be watered again to moisten this new soil.

What to expect from the rose bush after transplantation?

You have to be aware that no plant likes to be taken out of the ground; However, when rose bushes are grown in pots, there is no other choice but to transplant them from time to time. Therefore, it is important that you keep in mind that some things can happen to it:

  • Leaf and/ or flower drop
  • Flower abortion
  • Temporarily stop growing

Should this be of concern to you? It doesn’t have to. Rose bushes are strong plants, which after a short time – less than a month if transplanted in spring – will grow again without problems.

I hope it has been useful to you .

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