azeleas - Knowledgebase Question

zephyrhills, Fl
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Question by antoinettesc
April 11, 2010
I have an azelea that is probably 20 years old.Problem it is right where we have an air conditioner hot air is cooking it!I would like to move it,but don't want to lose it.Is this possible?

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010
I'm afraid that if you don't move your azalea, it will die. Since it is 20 years old, it will have an extensive root system which will make it difficult to move without suffering some damage. While you can probably dig and move it, now is not the time. Transplanting stresses shrubs and since hot weather is just around the corner, it will be doubly stressed if you move it now. Wait until this fall or winter when temperatures are low, then dig your shrub and transplant it. Expect the roots to be in the top 24" of soil and extend out to the tips of the longest branches. It's okay to sever some of the smaller roots, but you'll want to dig a deep enough and wide enough hole so you can move the majority of the rootmass without damaging it. Best wishes with the move!

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