How to Transplant Knock Out Roses


Knock Out roses are the most disease-resistant of all rose types. They offer a variety of colors and come in single and double blooms. Knock Out roses are hardy to USDA Zone 5 and can handle every heat zone in the U.S. Transplanting Knock Out roses can be done with a little bit of forethought and preparation.

Step 1

Choose a new place to plant the Knock Out roses. Make sure the new location has full sun and sandy to loamy well-drained soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole for the transplanted Knock Out roses in the new location. Dig the hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Fill the hole with water and allow it to drain.

Step 3

Prune the Knock Out roses back to about 1 foot to make them easier to move.

Step 4

Dig a hole around the Knock Out roses, about 2 to 3 feet from the base of the bush. Loosen the soil until the root ball can be easily lifted from the hole. Keep as much of the root ball intact as possible. Wrap the root ball in a damp burlap sack while transporting the plant to its new location.

Step 5

Remove the burlap sack from the root ball. Place the Knock Out roses in the new hole. Fill the hole with soil and pat it down firmly.

Step 6

Water the transplanted Knock Out roses until the soil is moist.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves when transplanting Knock Out roses. The sharp thorns can cut your hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Burlap sack
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Gloves


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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.