Azaleas - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Itzyespin
February 11, 2011
wondering if I can safetly move3 azalea bushes that are randomly planted in a sunny spot were I want to start a veg. garden they look mature I don't know what kind they are but last year they produce

Answer from NGA
February 11, 2011
If you move your azaleas now you might retard or stop their flowering this year. I'd wait until after they have finished flowering and move them. If you can't wait that long (since you want to plant veggies there), you can move them now. Just expect that they may not bloom for you this year. Most of the roots will be in the top 12-15 inches of soil and extend out as far as the longest stems or branches. Start your digging there and work your way towards the center of the plant. It's okay to sever some of the smaller roots but try to keep the majority of the rootmass intact as you dig. I find moist soil easiest to dig in so water the azaleas deeply the day before the planned move. Good luck with your project.

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