How to Transplant a Climbing Rose


Climbing roses need to be transplanted during dormancy, usually in late winter or early spring before budding begins. A few basic steps will make moving the climbing rose relatively easy and allow continued enjoyment for years to come.

Step 1

Water the climbing rose well one day before digging up and moving. Use a soaker hose so the foliage does not get wet.

Step 2

Untie the climbing rose canes from the support used to hold it upright. Gently gather the canes and tie loosely with twine to hold together.

Step 3

Dig up the climbing rose carefully by digging out about 12 to 18 inches from the base of the rose as not to damage the roots. Gently lift the roots out of the ground using two people if possible. Shake off any excess soil clinging to the root ball and place on a piece of burlap or in a bucket to hold.

Step 4

Prepare the new planting hole by digging it twice as deep and wide as the root ball. Add 1 cup of bone meal to the hole.

Step 5

Place the rose into the new hole so the top of the root ball is level with the ground surface. Fill in the hole with soil and tamp down well around the base of the rose.

Step 6

Water well after planting to help the soil settle and keep the roots from drying out. Water the climbing rose three to four times a week to keep the soil moist, but not soaking.

Step 7

Add a layer of mulch around the rose to control weeds and keep the soil moist. Use shredded bark, chopped leaves or compost.

Step 8

Tie the climbing rose to a trellis or arbor to support the stems. Use pieces of nylon or twine to hold the stems to the support.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not transplant during active growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers
  • Twine
  • Shovel
  • Bone meal
  • Transplant chock formula


  • Rose Gardening Made Easy: Transplanting Roses
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About this Author

Amy Madtson resides in southern Oregon and has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008, focusing on health and gardening for websites such as eHow and GardenGuides. Madtson has an Associate of Arts in business from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds a childbirth educator certification and a one-year midwifery completion certificate.