How to Transplant Rose Bush Cuttings


Rose bush cuttings are relatively easy to grow, but many gardeners lose their cuttings during the transplanting phase. By preserving your cuttings and following a simple procedure, you can enjoy new rose bushes for years to come.

Step 1

Wait until your rose bush cuttings have been rooted and growing for at least 3 to 6 months before transplanting. Transplant in spring after all danger of frost has passed. In warmer southern climates, cuttings can be transplanted in the fall as long as there is no danger of frost.

Step 2

Chose a location with plenty of sun and good drainage.

Step 3

Dig a hole at least 1 to 1 1/2 feet deep and then fill in half the hole with a mixture of 50% garden soil and 50% organic fertilizer. This will provide a deep, nutrient-rich foundation for your new cuttings to grow on.

Step 4

Carefully turn the pot with your rooted cutting up-side-down with your slightly-splayed fingers supporting the soil and roots of your cutting as you tap on the pot and your cutting and its soil slides out of the pot.

Step 5

Place the cutting and soil into the hole you have prepared and fill in around it with a mixture of 50% garden soil and 50% organic fertilizer. Pack gently around the base of the new rose.

Step 6

Water thoroughly. Keep the ground around your new rose bush watered for the next several days and your new bush should begin to thrive almost immediately.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not try to transplanting rose cuttings too soon. Allow your cuttings to develop for 3 to 6 months or until they have a good, healthy root system before attempting to transplant.

Things You'll Need

  • Rooted rose bush cuttings
  • Small spade
  • Organic fertilizer


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Keywords: transplant rose cuttings, planting new rose cuttings, propogating roses

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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.