You’ll find that replanting a rose is one of the easiest.

In order to transplant a rose bush to a new spot, all that you need to do is dig up an appropriate hole and insert it into the new garden patch.

However, if you want to re-grow roses, you should plant the rose stem cuttings and then wait for their growth. This guide offers you tip for replanting a rose bush and also rose cuttings.

I – Rose Bush

Step 1 – Selecting the Best Garden Spot for Your Planting

This is the most important decision to be taken to ensure the success of your rose plant.

In deciding on the garden spot to plant, you’ll need to choose an area that is free from weeds or other plants. You want to ensure that your roses are not competing with other plants for natural resources.

Besides, roses grow much better in areas when separated from other plants. The ideal garden spot to use is an area where there are other roses, or simply planting the rose alone.

Also, ensure that you choose a spot where your roses will stay permanently as they do not like to be transported. You should use a hand fork for digging the spot, and ensure that the area is exposed to full sunlight.

Step 2 – Your Soil Should be Well-Drained

Roses flourish in well-drained soil so you’ve got to make sure that’s what you’re using. If you’re not sure, then you test the proposed soil by digging a hole that is 12 inches to 18 inches in depth and width.

Fill this hole with water and then observe it for at least one hour. Within that time the water would have drained assuming the spot is well-drained. If you notice that the soil isn’t well-drained, you can improve it by adding organic matter composite to it.

Step 3 – Digging and Preparing the Hole

For your rose bush, the hole should be 15 inches deep and 15 inches wide, or you make it big enough to contain your ruse bush. You should use a garden trowel for digging and make sure to wear protective gloves when digging.

For building a small mound of soil in the hole’s center, use the garden trowel to pile some of the soil you removed when digging.

The mound should be between 1 to 2 inches in height for the rose bush to rest on.

Step 4 – Removing the Rose Bush and Inserting into New Hole

You can use your garden trowel or a shovel for digging around the rose garden before removing it from where it is. You’ll have to dig down to the roots till you get the spot where you are able to see the rose ball.

Ensure that your digging is done to remove soil from the perimeter of the rose bush and be gentle while at it. You know that your digging is successful when you’re able to pull out the rose bush without applying force.

The rose bushes should then be inserted into the new hole and fill halfway with soil. Carefully place the rose ball on the mound and then proceed to refill around the plant with soil dug out from the hole.

The refilling of the hole should be stopped when it is halfway full.

Step 5 – Fill the Hole with Water and Soil

The final step to take is filling the new hole with water and waiting for some minutes for it to drain. You’ll have to fill up the hole this time with soil and water.

The soil you’ll be adding is to fill the ring around the plant base. The water to be added should fill the top of the soil by 1 inch before allowing it to soak. You should continue giving the plant 1 inch of water weekly unless you witness heavy rains.

Apply a layer of mulch to prevent weeds while using specific fertilizers meant for replanted roses.

II – Rose Cuttings

Step 1 – Taking Healthy Cuttings

The best time to take your rose cuttings in late spring or early summer before intense heat sets in. You can actually make and replant cuttings in the autumn but the new growth will be much slower and may only appear in the following spring.

The healthy stems should be cut off about 5 inches to 8 inches long using sharp pruners. Your target should be making 45-degree cuttings from the top and the sides.

Ensure to mist the cuttings with water when replanting, avoid cutting the top of the flower, and sanitize your cutting tools before use.

Step 2 – Preparing the Stem

Use your pruners to remove the flowers from the stem to allow the plant to refocus its energy on growing new roots. The cut has to be made at an angle of 45-degrees to the stem.

Leaves provide some sort of nourishment to the plant so you’ve got to ensure you reserve some leaves on the stem. There are some varieties of rose that can grow from stems without leaves, though it’s better to have some leaves left.

Step 3 – Promoting the Plant’s Growth

A growth hormone is essential for growing new roses and for that you’ll need to purchase a growing hormone powder with synthetic auxin. You can recognize the synthetic auxin as indolebutyric acid (IBA) or naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA).

Step 4 – Planting the Rose Cuttings in a Pot

The rose cuttings can be planted indoors inside a pot if the weather is cold, frosty, or not warm enough to allow root growth outdoors.

The pot should contain organic matter that will help your rose cutting grow very well. The organic medium to use should include perlite, vermiculite, or just a lite potting mix. After adding the potting medium (which should fill the pot three-quarters) you’ll also add some water to the pot.

After which the stem will be gently inserted into the soil mix 1 to 2 inches deep.

Step 5 – Placing the Cuttings

In order to create a warm, humid environment for the cuttings, you’ll have to add a kind of tent for a humid greenhouse effect.

An inverted soft drink bottle, mason jar or plastic bag held at the top with a wooden stake would do just fine for creating the warm environment around the rose cuttings. After which the pot should be placed in an area where there is moderate sunlight.

The cuttings should take root within 3 to 4 weeks which you can test by gently tugging on the planted cuttings.


By following the tips outlined here, you will find it much easier to replant a rose bush or rose cuttings.

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