The Q&A Archives: Transplanting a chaste tree

Question: I planted a chaste tree/shrub (started off as a tree, now looks like a shrub) I want to move it because it is becoming too large for the area is planted. The end of this summer will be its third summer growing season.

Do I need to take any special precautions when moving this in the fall, or shall I just follow general transplanting guidelines.

Thank you for your feedback,

Katrina Enns

Answer: A shrub that has been in the ground for three years will have a well-established root system but you should be able to move it without too much trauma if you first wet the ground thoroughly to help the root mass remain as much intact as possible, start your digging at the dripline of the shrub, and replant quickly so the roots are not exposed to air and sunshine for any length of time. Fall is the best time to move your chaste tree. Cooler temperatures and natural rainfall will help it become re-established before growth begins in the spring. Best wishes with the move!

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