transplanting from one home to another - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by myl_barbstil
May 8, 2010
we're moving. have special plants from friends. gardenia,3 ft.h,1ft w, spanish broom,3ft h, 3ft w. iris's.can we transplant? if so, when,and how? maybe roses too. 3rd yr in ground. trimmed back to 2ft h but are growing great this yr. fragrant types.

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010


You should be able to transplant your shrubs without problem. I find it easier to dig in moist soil so water everything well the evening before you plan to dig. The roots should be concentrated in the top 12-18 inches of soil and extend out to the tips of the branches. Since you've already pruned things back, simply start digging at the ends of the branches. Dig down and towards the center of the plant. Try not to sever too many of the largest roots = it's okay to dig through some of the smaller feeder roots. Plant immediately in a container or wrap the roots in wet burlap to keep them from drying out and to protect them from the sunshine. Replant as soon as possible. When you replant, make sure the plants are sitting at the same soil level as they were before and water them deeply to help settle the soil. Water throughly every 3-4 days for 2 weeks to help the roots re-establish. Best wishes with your move.

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