Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:33
Due to loss of garden I was forced to lift all my roses last year and find them a temporary home in my daughters garden. She has little time to spare so simply dug rough holes and shoved them in. They all seem to be doing fine. Even the Just Joey, here when we moved into the house 35 years ago, seems to be flourishing . If it's a bush that is important to you just do it - now while it's dormant. If it doesn't work out the way you had hoped you can always replace it later. Hard pruning in spring will encourage new strong growth - wait until you can see the viable shoots.
I get very irritated with these TV gardeners who always recommend replacing, as plants these days are not cheap. Try to lift with a good rootball and make the planting hole an adequate size - add some bonemeal to encourage root growth and hey ho, away you go.