How Do You Transplant Wild Rose Bushes?

Transplant wild rose bushes by trimming the plant, digging around the root ball, lifting the plant out of the hole, and replanting it in a hole twice the size of the root ball. The process requires garden clippers, a garden spade or fork, a bucket and sheets of newspaper.

  1. Trim the stems

    Trim the stems so they're within 12 to 18 inches of the base of the plant. This helps the plant conserve water and minimizes stress from transplanting.

  2. Dig around the base of the plant

    Use a garden spade or fork to dig around the plant 12 to 18 inches from the base. Dig to a depth of approximately 12 inches.

  3. Lift out the root ball

    Press the garden spade or fork into the trench you have created around the plant, sliding it underneath the root ball. Lift up to remove the root ball. Put damp sheets of newspaper over the roots, and place the plant in a bucket in the shade.

  4. Prepare the new location

    Dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball. Amend the soil with compost. Add 1 gallon of water to the hole, and allow it to drain into the soil.

  5. Replant the wild rose

    Center the plant in the hole, positioning the roots around it. Fill the hole with soil to the original depth. Water the plant often until new growth appears.