The Q&A Archives: Transplanting an established plant

Question: I would like to move the

Answer: You can probably move that. It is better to do it in very early spring or early fall. If you want to move it this spring, don't wait. Water it throughly the day before you dig it up so it is well hydrated. Trim it back by about two thirds (this is the time of year to prune it anyway so you will not reduce blooming by doing so.) Dig it with as much of the rootball intact as possible -- the rootball should be much bigger than it was when you planted it so start digging out wider than the branches. Replant immediately at the same depth as it grew before. Water deeply to settle the soil and mulch with several inches of organic mulch over the root area (but do not allow it to touch the central stems.) Water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet until it becomes established, just as you would for any new plant. Good luck!

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