Trees and Shrubs forum: Can I move a shrub to a better place? Weigela and Spirea

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caitlinsgarden
Jul 13, 2015 6:36 AM CST
Weigela and Spirea are hidden in my garden by taller plants. Can I move them? Or would it be better to layer branches and transplant those?
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 13, 2015 12:01 PM CST
My mom dug up a large spirea last year and cut it up into smaller sections with each section having some root. I took a section and it bloomed beautifully this year. I believe it is Bridal Wreath Spirea, but really am not sure.

I have weigela also, but have never tried to dig them up.
Vickie
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jul 13, 2015 5:45 PM CST
I wouldn't dig them up until late summer/early fall when the weather is cooler. If you have enough space around them to dig and they're not huge, old plants then I would move them. You could always get some insurance by taking cuttings (Weigela are easy to root) or layering before you dig them up.

caitlinsgarden
Jul 15, 2015 6:32 AM CST
If I layered them now, do you think I would have a new start by spring? How long doe it take to grow?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jul 15, 2015 7:57 AM CST
I've only done layering "accidentally". Basically, it's weighting a branch down to ground contact with a rock or landscape pins. Not sure how long the process takes for rooting. I'm sure there are folks who know a lot more than me about it. Cuttings and layering will produce much smaller plants that will take a few years to catch up to the parent plant.

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