How to Transplant Wild Rose Bushes

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Things You'll Need

  • Pointed shovel

  • Plastic or tarp

  • Mulch

  • Humus or other organic material

  • Space in your garden with plenty of growing room


If you find a wild rose on land that you do not own, make sure you get permission to transplant it. Disturbing wild plants is against in the law in many state parks and forests, and private land owners may not want native plants to be disturbed or removed.

Roses make a wonderful addition to any garden. If you are fortunate to come across a wild rose, you can easily transplant it to your own garden, adding beauty and uniqueness. With the right know-how and the proper tools, you can add this thriving plant to just about any setting.

Step 1

Find the plant you prefer. If you have a choice of multiple plants, look for one that is particularly healthy. Make sure you choose a plant that is the right size for your garden as well.

Step 2

Wait until the dormant season to transplant. Wild roses are best transplanted in their dormant season, sometime from November through February. You can of course try to transplant them during other parts of the year, but the dormant season gives the best results.

Step 3

Dig up the plant. Dig as deeply as you can to get as much of the long taproot as possible. Depending on the age of the plant, you may not be able to dig out the entire root. So long as you get most of the root, the plant should not suffer any damage if the root is cut. Wild roses also have numerous smaller roots. These can be trimmed if necessary.

Step 4

Transfer the plant to a large piece of plastic, a tarp or a large flower pot. Dig up some of the surrounding soil as well, and place it into the plastic or pot. This will help the rose acclimate to its new home.

Step 5

Dig a hole in your garden to accommodate the new rose. Dig deeply and add in some of the original soil and some humus or other organic material. This is very important for the rose's growth in the new growing season.

Step 6

Gently place the rose into the hole, and with a mixture of soil and organic material, fill the hole. Water the rose in well as this will help the transplant thrive. Add a mound of mulch around the base of the rose and wait until the spring for new growth.

Stephi Peppers

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