How Does One Transplant Wild Rose Bushes?

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Wild roses add color and fragrance to the landscape. While true wild roses have only five petals, and are generally pink, other roses naturalize and grow in a wild state once their owners abandon a home. The transplant process may take up to an hour depending on the size and number of bushes.

  1. Collect the plant

    Transplant roses during their dormant period, if possible. Trim the stems to 12 to 18 inches to prevent water loss. Use a garden spade to cut a circle 1 foot from the base of the plant and 1 foot deep. Lift with the spade to free the rose bush.

  2. Transport and store the bush

    Place the bush in a bucket, and add water to the roots before transporting if possible. Wrap the root ball in several layers of newspaper to keep them moist. Store wild roses in the shade while preparing the bed, and plant the bush soon after collection.

  3. Transplant the rose

    Roses require full to partial sun. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Mix the soil removed from the hole with compost. Add enough of this mix to the hole to bring the base of the plant to the level it was before collection. Add water to the hole. Once the water drains, place the rose bush in the hole. Fill with the soil mix, and add water the plant.