Transplanting Hardy Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Bel Air, MD
Question by ChurchB
August 20, 1998
I have 3 beautiful plants, full of blooms, but they are crowding each other. This is distracting from viewing the large colorful blooms. When is the best time to transplant this plant?


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Answer from NGA
August 20, 1998

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Hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) usually transplant fairly  well, so while very early spring is a good time to transplant,  it can also be done in the fall.  Water the plant well the day before hand, dig it up with as large a root ball as you can manage, and plant immediately into an already-prepared spot. (You may need help -- roots can be very heavy.) Cut the shrub back to compensate for root loss, water it in well, and mulch.  Make sure it receives adequate moisture up until the ground freezes and again through next summer.

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