There are various reasons why you want to transfer your rose plant. One of the reasons is that maybe the former area or spot is not suited for the plant. Another thing is that maybe you want to use the area for your house extension or for some renovations in your garden, and you want to transfer your roses in the best area possible. But before digging and pulling your rose plant off the ground, you must bear in mind several important things.
The first thing you do is to be ready with the place where you intend to transfer your rose. Be very sure that the root ball of your rose plant is not exposed to heat of the sun as it's important that its moisture is maintained. If travel is needed for its transfer then you have use a 'damp piece of burlap' as covering for the roots. It's wise that one day before moving your rose you have to water it well - as water is your best weapon for your success in transplanting. Don't attempt to transplant a somewhat dry and almost wilting rose or any plant maybe because there is no chance for it to survive. Enough water can help greatly on the demands on the roots during the process of transplanting. From its roots water is then absorbed by the rose plant and it can surely sustain its life even after the transplant.
As you dig the rose plant out from the ground, the root ball must be taken fully and with care that you don't break the extended roots. Usually, there is this healthy growth of your rose plant from its top structure - you don't have to prune it as this growth is needed for the plant to produce sugar. We have also encountered that after transplanting; the plant tips starts to wilt - what you have to do is just to water it some more and prune the tips so it can survive.
The next wise thing to do is to put about one full cup of 'bone meal' to the hole where you will transfer your rose plant. Then you have to set your rose plant about one inch higher from the ground because there is that tendency that it will settle in the hole about also one inch below ground level. During this last step of transplanting, water your rose and after it has settled, there is a possibility of 'air pockets' for your rose plant - to eliminate this just press on the plant slightly starting from its base.
Most, if not all, rose growers as well as enthusiasts would say that it is not good to transplant or move rose plant during the growing season maybe for many reasons. They would say that if you plan to transfer your rose you have to wait for the dormant season - this is when roses are not growing and the risk of shock for them is less. And also, roses are pruned annually, so it's much easy to move them as they are smaller. But, just follow the steps we mentioned here and being prepared and with enough water then you're on your way to a successful transplant anytime.