As roses are sensitive to shock, moving them while dormant (in late winter or early spring) is generally recommended. When transplanting rose bushes in spring, wait until all threat of frost or freezing weather has passed. The soil should also be relatively warm and manageable before transplanting. It is always best to prepare the new location first – by digging a hole at least 60cm wide, adding compost, bone meal and a handful of general fertilizer. The rose bush should be pruned back quite considerably before it is dug up and moved.