azalea transplanting - Knowledgebase Question

westminster, md
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Question by Mnstar3256
April 23, 2007
I have an azalea bush that I would like to transplant, but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. please help!

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2007
I would suggesting waiting until after your azalea has finished flowering. If you move it now and it becomes stressed, it may not flower for you this year. Once it has finished flowering, prune your plant back to a manageable size and then dig it up by starting your digging about 12" from the center stem. You will sever some of the outer roots, but the main root mass will be fine. Plan to dig about 12" deep to get the entire root ball. Set it in the new planting hole so it sits at the same soil level as it was sitting before. After replanting, water thoroughly to help remove any air pockets around the roots. Keep your azalea well watered throughout the growing season to help prevent transplant shock.

Best wishes with your move!

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