Dig up the plants. If they are large mature plants, hard prune the tops back at least 2/3. Soak the roots in water for several hours. Lightly prune any damaged roots or to make the size manageable. Wrap the roots with moist newspaper, and place roots in a plastic bag. Twist tie or tape the bag to the main stem to retain moisture. Plant as soon as possible. When I can't plant bare root plants immediately in their planting site, I plant them temporarily in a large nursery pot. They can also simply be hilled in a temporary spot with dirt covering the roots. After planting make sure the roses get a steady supply of water for the first season.
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Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.