Roses should be transplanted in the fall in warmer climates and in the spring in cooler climates. The plants generally do well when transplanted correctly.
Roses are sensitive to shock, so moving them when they are dormant is recommended. If transplanting in the spring, wait until the threat of freezing weather or frost has passed. The new soil should be warm and easy to manage. Fall transplanting should be done before the first frost. Rose bushes should be moved into an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight per day, but they often do well in partial shade. Prepare the bed in advance, adding plenty of compost. The hole should be wide enough and deep enough to accommodate the root ball. After transplanting, water the plants once a day for the first week.