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How to Transplant Texas Rose Plants

By Kelly Shetsky ; Updated September 21, 2017

Texas rose (Scutellaria suffrutescens) is also called pink skullcap. It is a dainty yet durable perennial that blooms between June and October. The dwarf mound is covered in tiny pinkish-purple snapdragon-like flowers. They continue to bloom off and on through the summer. Texas rose has foliage that resembles thyme and a neat, dense growing pattern. The plant does very well in rock gardens and dry hillsides.

Transplant perennials like the Texas rose when it's cooler outside, in the early spring or fall. Perennials stand up well to transplantation, but cooler temperatures will limit the shock.

Make a circle around the perimeter of the plant with a shovel. The goal is to dig it up without damaging the roots. Look for roots as you dig, and if you see them, make your hole wider.

Dig a new hole that is as wide as the one the plant had been sitting in. Place the plant in the new hole and cover it up with new soil and soil from the former hole. This will help it adjust to the new location.

Divide the plants that have become overgrown. Separate half of each plant and move to a new location, keeping the other half in the original spot.

Water the transplanted Texas rose plants thoroughly. Check the soil every two days and add water if the top 2 to 3 inches is dry.

Apply a layer of mulch around the plants if you moved them in the fall. Three to 4 inches around the base will keep moisture in the soil.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Soil
  • Mulch


  • When transplanting in the fall, always allow three to four weeks for the roots to become established before the ground freezes.
  • Wear gloves when handling plants.
  • Let the plants get used to their new location before fertilizing them. If you transplant them in the fall, add fertilizer in the spring. If you move them in the spring, wait two to three months to feed them.

About the Author


Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.