The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Azaleas

Question: When we moved in the builder put in two Azaleas. I want to move them. When should I do this - fall or in the spring?

Answer: They can be moved either time, but in my experience it is better to move the evergreen types in the spring. In either case, be sure to water the plant well the day beforehand, prepare the new spot first, then carefully dig the plant up and replant immediately at the same depth as it grew before. Keep it mulched and well watered until the ground freezes (if you move it in the fall) and also all of next year. Azaleas have shallow but wide spreading roots so expect them to be at least as wide as the branch spread. They also do best in a moist but well-drained (meaning not soggy) acid soil well amended with organic matter, so you may have to spend some effort on soil preparation prior to moving them. To better your odds of success, you might wish to perform some basic soil tests. If so, your County Extension (tel. 696-3500) can help you with the tests and with interpreting them. Good luck with the move!

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