Serious gardeners often decide for one reason or another to change things around in their gardens. I do the same with my living room. We both may see some benefit to these moves and never cease to be amazed at the results. In the garden this may be a sunlight factor and transplanting roses may benefit with more sun-hours.
To avoid the root ball from too much exposure to the drying sun it's best to prepare your transplant area first. If by chance, they need to travel by vehicle to get to a new location, make sure you cover the roots with a damp piece of burlap and water the plant well the day before your planned move. Water will be the secret of a successful transplant, and a new rose garden needs every advantage you can give it. The success of a wilted rose planting is indeed low.
Because all growing roses have roots that go deeper than you care to dig, you will lose a minimal amount of soil and roots -- that's why a good soaking is vital and when digging up the plant, take as much of the root ball as you can handle.
It is not necessary to prune a healthy plant's top growth when transplanting roses. The growth of the plant is important in the production of sugars and would do more damage than necessary. After the transplant however, if you notice any wilting of the tips, that's a sign it is having trouble supporting its top structure. If this happens, increase the amount of water for a time and prune any tips that do not recover.
A good idea that I have used is to add a half to a full cup of bone meal to the hole where the plant will go. Also, setting the plant two inches higher than it was originally will allow your rose planting to settle in the hole. Once the plant is re-watered and has settled, you can press slightly around the plant to eliminate air pockets.
Your rose garden should be moved during dormant months for obvious reasons. Right after the pruning season the plants are smaller and easier to move and less apt to go into shock.
Growing roses has a long and colorful history. Roses have been symbols of love, beauty, war and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. Roses were in such high demand during the seventeenth century that royalty considered roses or rose water as legal tender, and they were often used as barter.
Esther B. Smith, author
Ever want to sort of change your garden structure to a more pleasing arrangement> Sure you have, just like when you re-arrange your living room or bedroom furniture. You are always amazed at the improvement.