Transplanting Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by golfertom9
November 22, 1997
When is the proper time to dig up and transplant shrubs such as a rhododendron and golden spireas? I want to do this in the near future. Is it too cold or should I wait until
next spring?

Answer from NGA
November 22, 1997
Shrubs can be transplanted just about any time of year assuming the ground is not frozen and the shrubs are not in the middle of "leafing out" in the spring. The best time would be in the fall, after the plant has gone dormant but before the ground freezes. That way, the plant can "settle in" and start forming new roots before winter sets in.

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